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Thin by Lauren Greenfield
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As well-designed and engaging as this book and documentary may be, it is completely lacking in insight as to the disorder portrayed and the treatment displayed.

Eating disorders are not about being "thin" nor is treatment about "thinness." This poetic treatment lacks commentary but takes a point of view regardless and it is tragically wrong.

Those looking for insight or information about eating disorders will not only be disappointed but actively misled. If you want to understand this mental illness seek evidence. The despair and horror of this portrayal is not accurate and not helpful. In fact, it probably does a great deal of harm to patients and their families who see this, not to mention those portrayed.

If ED could write a documentary to promote its aims of destroying the life of patients, to mislead the public, to discourage seeking treatment, and to nourish nothing but despair, this is it.

Yes, I feel that strongly about it. I don't know if the writer/documentarian understood they were being used, but in fact I believe she was, by ED. ( )
  LauraCLM | May 7, 2015 |
This stunning collection of photographs and journal entries, with commentary from the photographer and other experts, is a compelling look inside the world of eating disorders and their treatment. Set in the Renfrew treatment center in Florida, these photos and journal entries are a companion to the documentary of the same name.
The book gives more insight into the backgrounds of the women seen in the documentary, their lives and their recovery journeys. The book also shows older patients, patients of diverse ethnicities, and even one compulsive eating patient, none of which are featured in the film. There are no easy answers or happy endings in the book or the film, but both are an honest and stark look at the devastating effects of eating disorders. There is no judgment for or against the particular treatment center, Greenfield is there as an observer. The patients open up to her probably more than they do their therapists, and it is insightful to read their journals and the candid interviews. I would recommend this to anyone interested in researching or treating eating disorders, or for anyone who has suffered from one or has a loved one who has. ( )
  ediedoll | Dec 15, 2010 |
I first fell in love with the "Thin" documentary featured on HBO and was thrilled to find out that a book was published too! ( )
  hillaryveed | Jun 8, 2008 |
If teens read this, it may de-glamorize their concepts of anorexia. Poignant stories from anorectics of all ages, of their descent into anorexia, the effects it had/has on those around them, & their struggles to overcome it.
The photography in the book seemed a bit odd, as if a fish-eye lens was used. An odd choice, since the effect is that the faces appear heavier than they should, considering the subject matter. The only thing I can think of that might explain a lens like that being used is that it also exaggerates the haggard appearance of the subject. ( )
  TheCelticSelkie | May 1, 2007 |
I actually saw this on HBO and had no idea there was a book until I stumbled across it in the library. It is truly heartwrenching, but if you've seen the documentary, read the book - it ends on a few more hopeful notes than the movie.
Eating disorders continue to plague people - especially young women - and although the general public is quick to point fingers to explain why these disorders are prevalent, Lauren Greenfield does a great job of showing us that there are no simple answers (or quick fixes, for that matter). The brave women who allowed their lives to be on display for this book in the hopes of gaining insight into their disorders are to be applauded. ( )
  justjess | Mar 24, 2007 |
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Critically acclaimed for Girl Culture and Fast Forward, Lauren Greenfield continues her exploration of contemporary female culture with Thin, a groundbreaking book about eating disorders. Greenfield's photographs are paired with extensive interviews and journal entries from twenty girls and women who are suffering from various afflictions. We meet 15-year-old Brittany, who is convinced that being thin is the only way to gain acceptance among her peers; Alisa, a divorced mother of two whose hatred of her body is manifested in her relentless compulsion to purge; Shelly, who has been battling anorexia for six years and has had a feeding tube surgically implanted in her stomach; as well as many others. Alongside these personal stories are essays on the sociology and science of eating disorders by renowned researchers Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Dr. David Herzog, and Dr. Michael Strober. These intimate photographs, frank voices, and thoughtful discussions combine to make Thin not only the first book of its kind but also a portrait of profound understanding.

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An emotional journey that follows four patients through the Renfrew Center, a residential facility in Florida dedicated to the treatment of eating disorders, and includes portraits of fifteen other residents of diverse ages and backgrounds.

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