Why Feed is not just a portrayal of eating disorders
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It seems that lately, there are many films and television shows which address the variant issue of mental health. The latest to add this ever-growing pool is Feed - a movie crafted from Troian Bellisario’s own personal experience with an eating disorder. Feed tells the story of Olivia Grey (Bellisario), a seemingly perfect teenager with high grades and a relatively active social life. Soon, a tradgey turns her world upside down, coming in the form of a car accident that kills her twin brother (Tom Felton). As a result, we watch as Olivia’s health, both mental and physical, slowly degrades at the hands of an unchecked eating disorder. What makes this film different from others confronting the same topic is its ability to look past the obvious reasons why people fall into an eating disorder. Throughout the film there is no mention of calorie counting or body image. What we discover instead is the sheer diversity of mental health conditions, and how they cannot be categorised simply. Feed has the ability to touch upon and bring to light the various experiences and symptoms associated with mental illnesses, helping the wider world to understand what a sufferer may go through on a daily basis. Feed is not just a movie about eating disorders. Throughout the film, Tom Felton personifies the inner voice associated with multiple mental health conditions, including but not limited to: eating disorders, depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. It is that voice which can be kind and understanding yet change on a dime to make you feel guilty for your actions, tell you to walk away from those closest to you, to lie, to act normal though there is something horrific happening to you.
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