One of the issues women struggle with today is the pressure to be thin. We resort to excessive exercising, crash dieting, and other extreme measures that deprive our bodies of energy and nutrients, to adhere to the standard of beauty dictated by media and society. This causes low self-esteem and other negative feelings that may eventually lead to eating disorders.
While some might dismiss eating disorders as “just a phase”, it can develop into a serious health issue when it isn’t addressed properly.
This is the story of Lily Collins’ character in the Netflix film, To the Bone. Lily plays Ellen, an anorexic young woman who has been admitted to several treatment centers because of her eating disorder, to no avail. The film takes us through her final journey to recovery as she meets the unconventional Dr. Beckham (Keanu Reeves), who encourages her to live in a group home with six other young patients battling different psychological issues of their own. Together they try to overcome their problems.
The film is based on the real-life experiences of writer and director Marti Noxon, who dealt with anorexia during her youth. Lily Collins has also openly discussed her struggles with eating disorders growing up.
To the Bone sheds light on what it’s like to live with mental health problems and shows the different ways people who suffer from these disorders deal with them. It’s a story about finding the will to live and discovering what it means to love yourself.
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