Will Netflix’s ‘To the Bone’ Help or Hurt People with Eating Disorders?

In the new Netflix film, “To the Bone,” up-and-coming young star Lily Collins plays Ellen, a 20-year-old woman with anorexia who is starving herself because she has come to believe that she can never be thin enough.

The film won’t be released for streaming until July 14, but it’s already creating quite a stir. Some groups say this major motion picture could start an important national discussion about eating disorders, what the national nonprofit Project Heal calls “the most stigmatized, misunderstood and under-recognized of all mental illnesses.”

But others worry that “To the Bone” could be the next “Thirteen Reasons Why.” That is, another Netflix movie accused of romanticizing self-destructive and potentially lethal behavior among young people.

Published on The Mercury News website on 7.5.17
Written by: Martha Ross