So since I did a post on ED movies, I figured I’d do another post on ED reality shows. It’s going to be a fairly long post, so I’ll try to cut the commentary down to a minimum. I tried to link as many actual episodes as I could so you could watch them, but some only link to clips and/or websites. All episodes/clips either link to the actual show website or youtube.
Starving Secrets with Tracy Gold This was a short lived series produced by former anorexic and actor Tracy Gold. The show followed the lives of a dozen or so women who suffered with various eating disorders and their subsequent treatment. There was a lot of controversy around this show with critics claiming it promoted eating disorders, tips, and tricks. Gold, who considers herself fully recovered, denied these accusations. In my opinion, the show followed similar suit to Intervention. Just how Intervention shows a heroin addict shooting up in the bathroom, this show showed girls puking, exercising, bingeing, etc. The majority of the women on the show sought help through intensive outpatient. Click here to visit the show’s website .
Addicted to Food This show premiered on Oprah’s network OWN, and followed a group of eating disorered people and their journey in a residential treatment facility located in Texas. The patients documented were mostly compulsive overeaters. There was one anorectic and one bulimic who abused laxatives. I think the show did a good job showing what it’s like to be in treatment, but I also think the treatment methods used were a little unorthodox. Click here to visit the show’s website and view clips of the show .
What’s Eating You? This show premiered on the E! network. It also followed along similar lines as Intervention, but it wasn’t as “raw” or “gritty” and the majority of clients sought treatment with a therapist only. If any of you remember Melissa DeHart, the severely anorexic woman who was on Maury a long time ago, she was on the show. Here’s a link to all the episodes
Episode 1 , Episode 2 , Episode 3 , Episode 4 , Episode 5
This aired on TLC. Not really geared to be an “eating disorder” show, however, it does follow the lives of people who are addicted to certain types of foods, like coke, candy, french fries, hamburgers, ice cream, etc. Click here to view the site and watch clips .
I’m assuming everybody has seen THIN. This is the HBO documentary that followed four girls and their treatment journey at Renfrew in Florida. Although it pretty much mirrored my experience in residential treatment, it was quite depressing given that all four girls eventually relapsed, and one apparently commited suicide. On a brighter note, the main character, Shelly, finally did enter true recovery and is maintaining that lifestyle. Click here to watch the documentary .
A&E’s Intervention series
Amy P. Full episode here . (Anorexia/Bulimia)
Amy W. Full episode here . (Anorexia/Self-Harm)
Allison (Anorexia/Self-Harm/Drug Abuse)
Sonia and Julia (Anorexia/Twins)
Salina Watch full episode here . (Bulimia)
Jessie Watch full episode here . (Bulimia)
Kim Full episode here . (Anorexia/EDNOS)
Marquel Full episode here . (Compulsive Overexerciser/EDNOS/Alcoholic)
Josh (Compulsive Overeater)
Let me know if any of the links don’t work or link to the wrong thing. Most links link you to part 1 of whichever show you click. It’s easy to find the other parts once you get to youtube.