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Freddie Flintoff: Living with Bulimia

  • 2020
  • Documentary and factual
  • News and current affairs

Summary

The former England cricketer faces up to his eating disorder of 20 years as he challenges the stigma around the condition in men. He explores how bulimia has played a part in the course of his life, discusses his own experience in detail and meets specialists and young men with eating disorders across the UK

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Review

Freddie Flintoff has spoken before about his struggle with bulimia, but here he opens up about it in shockingly raw terms. It makes for the kind of mental health documentary that could genuinely change lives – including, perhaps, Flintoff’s.

It was when he put on weight as a young England cricketer, and was slated in the press as a “vast bowler”, that he started making himself sick. “It got to the point where I was throwing up every meal,” he admits. “And I enjoyed the results.” Even now, “Every time I eat, I feel some sort of guilt,” he says, and trains doggedly at the gym to stay in shape.

As he meets other sufferers in a series of moving encounters, we see it dawn on Flintoff that although he has “got a lid on it”, his anxieties about food, weight and self-image need treating. He was always a brave sportsman, and this is a brave, big-hearted film.

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PresenterAndrew Flintoff
DirectorLeo Burley
ProducerCharlie Melville
EditorDrew Hill
Executive producerAndrew Mackenzie-Betty
Executive producerMelanie Leach

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