Netflix's newest teen film To The Bone has been shunned by Australia’s largest eating disorder prevention group who believe the movie makes anorexia seem glamorous to impressionable young viewers.
Renowned psychologists fear the new film which stars British actress Lily Collins, will serve as “a manual” for eating disorders to teenagers.
According to The Daily Telegraph, images from the production are circulating on disturbing pro-anorexia sites who call Collins' character a “thinspiration.”
The news site also reports Mindframe, Australia’s Government body that regulates the responsible reporting of mental health issues, aim to discuss their concerns about the show with the Australian Communications and Media Authority this week.
Butterfly Foundation chief executive Christine Morgan told the newspaper they there was a risk scenes from To The Bone could inspire copycat behaviour.
“We know that images of people who are seriously ill with an eating disorder are powerful triggers. We also know that these images can inspire copycat behaviour, especially for those suffering with Anorexia Nervosa,” Ms Morgan said.
“Netflix’s To The Bone hasn’t understood this fact, and hasn’t acted responsibly.”
The film in question is set to be released next month.To the Bone is centred on a 20-year-old female (Collins' character) who is sent to a group home to try and recover from an eating disorder.
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