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Louis Theroux: Talking to Anorexia

  • Documentary

Summary

The reporter meets patients at two of London's largest eating disorder facilities, following them through a daily routine of scheduled eating, weigh-ins and group therapy both on and off the wards. Louis discovers the hold the condition has over them, leaving many unsure if they can recover, or want to.

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

Anorexia – the pathological fear of eating and gaining weight – is affecting increasing numbers of people. It’s most prevalent among girls and women but in recent years it’s become more common in boys and men.

What you may not realise is that it’s a mental illness and, as Louis Theroux sees when he spends time in St Ann’s Hospital and Vincent Square Clinic – two of London’s main adult eating-disorder treatment facilities – it exerts a dangerous power. Shockingly, some of the women he talks to aren’t sure that they even want to recover. As Louis gently seeks to understand, he realises it’s a complex situation.

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PresenterLouis Theroux

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DirectorEllena Wood
Executive producerPeter Dale
ProducerEllena Wood
Series producerArron Fellows

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