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Viewpoint: What parents should know and do about Netflix's To the Bone

Michael Rich, MD, MPH

The Mediterranean®

Even before the debut of the brand new Netflix original movie to the boneParents and professionals were concerned, Asking The Mediatrician® About what they should know—and what kids and teenagers needs to be watching. The film, which tells the story of a young woman's struggle with anorexia nervosa, has been the topic of many private and non-private debates about eating disorders and their treatment in popular culture. I'm already cringing on the depiction of suicide. 13 reasons, parents have concerns: Is it protected for my child to observe the movie? Could this encourage disordered eating behaviors in children who could also be liable to such a disease? Could this upset a toddler working to get better from an eating disorder or set it off again? Would it present anorexia nervosa as an attention-getting condition that children and adolescents might find desirable? The answer to all these questions is “maybe”. Here's what it's best to know and what you possibly can do:

What it's best to know.

  • Eating disorders are Serious psychiatric conditions which affects an individual's emotional and social well-being and may end up in long-term physical problems and even death. They often emerge during Adolescent and young adult years (but can start in childhood). While these are highly individual diseases. no single “reason” Factors that contribute to the danger of eating disorders include genetics and environment (nature and nurture), social pressure, emotional health, and even certain sports.
  • Listeners: to the bone Rated TV-MA (for mature audiences), but has a big tween/teen appeal given the age of the primary character, the subject material, and the recognition of its star, Lily Collins. Ratings do little to guard viewers in our “on-demand” media environment. A mature rating might also attract aspiring viewers who consider they're mature enough to observe.
  • Plot: to the bone tells the story of a 20-year-old girl named Ellen who has anorexia nervosa. The film opens along with her release from her fourth inpatient treatment center, not because she has recovered, but because she is rebellious and uncooperative. As she continues to struggle along with her illness, we find out about Ellen's family life, and her journey as she enters one other inpatient care setting that gives a singular approach to treatment. takes, seeing how her disorder affects her thoughts, her behavior, her behavior. Relationships, and his life.

The appeal of characters—and the misleading messages they convey.

Like many movies that portray illness through a single character narrative, to the bone Attempts to seek out the universal in the person patient. Where the book and the movie Girl, interrupt successful with depression, to the bone falls into well-worn stereotypes. Ellen is a brilliant, attractive, wealthy white girl with a well-intentioned but annoyingly pushy stepmother, absentee father, and caring gay mother. His fellow patients are endearingly eccentric misfits defined by one-note morbid characteristics: a gender-ambiguous male ballet dancer, a tube-fed sweetheart, a binge-eating black girl, a secretive cleaner, and a pregnant teenager. Who is struggling to feed his child. . While to the bone While it shows what it's prefer to live with an eating disorder, it fails to capture the intensity of anorexia nervosa. More people Dying of anorexia nervosa than every other psychological assessment.

Allen is straightforward to love, especially for teenagers. She's super funny, goofy, and pretends to be on top of things… even when she's not. Teens who struggle with eating disorders may be, and infrequently are, charming because they need to feel attractive and distract others from their illness. But in addition they feel deeply. Disappointmentsomething that's implied but not actually shown. to the bone. Focusing on Allen's rebellious “rage against the machine.” to the bone Neglects to disclose the black hole which fuels his anger. Without revealing the self-loathing, hopelessness and helplessness felt personally by many who struggle with eating disorders, we're left with Allen's charismatic public persona. For children and adolescents battling eating disorders, physical problems, or other life stressors, this could make anorexia nervosa a gorgeous lifestyle alternative relatively than a potentially fatal disease.

Should my child watch it?

Worth seeing to the bone, and other movies and TV shows that feature teen health or lifestyle issues, is that it provides a springboard for discussion. It is all the time easier to speak concerning the difficult problems faced by others (especially unreal others) than the issues we face ourselves. If you select that the danger of triggering your tween or teen is larger than the advantage of an open discussion about eating disorders, ensure that you watch together. to the bone together with. (Please note that although boys develop eating disorders, these disorders are more common in girls. I'll use female pronouns from here on out; in case you're apprehensive a couple of boy, “he ” and replace “it.”) between (11 to 13 years of age) or Adolescent There is a time in his life that's driven by emotion relatively than reason. It requires the attitude of your life experience and fully developed executive brain function to process. to the bone Also, fascinated with problems relatively than reacting emotionally and emotionally.

Ask questions and listen deeply as an alternative of telling her the way to answer. Try as an alternative to debate the points. is asking Points:

  • How did you just like the movie?
  • What did you're thinking that if you saw it? (Name specific scenes to which he responded)
  • Can you tell if Ellen was unhealthy by the way in which she looked and acted?
  • What did you're thinking that of Allen's family? His doctor?
  • what did to the bone Got it right? What went fallacious?
  • What behaviors or attitudes could be related to disordered eating?
  • Do you realize someone, friends, classmates, etc., who could also be in danger for an eating disorder?
  • Who can someone who's struggling turn to for help?

Hear what she says. And What she refrains from saying, understands her viewpoint, thoughts and feelings. Answer truthfully with facts and a caring attitude. She can be wary of being judged. Make it protected to talk for him. Be clear about your love and support. Be as accurate and complete as you possibly can, admit if you don't know the reply. Offer to take a look at it and brainstorm together. Learn why dropping pounds, eating an excessive amount of (with or without cleansing), and exercising an excessive amount of are unhealthy. If she becomes energetic, notify her care team, or you will discover her using the resources below. Talk through how she will be able to get help for herself or a friend. No matter what she or a friend goes through, reassure her that she doesn't need to go it alone. You are there for her, and there are caring and understanding medical professionals who will help her find her path to health.

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