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To the Bone is a Netflix movie that is the story of 20-year-old Ellen (Lily Collins) who has anorexia nervosa. Ellen enters a group recovery home to get help from doctor (Keanu Reeves). Ellen has had four previous experiences with different treatment centres for her eating disorder. The film tells the story of Ellen’s fifth, and final, in-patient experience and her journey to recovery.

Important talking points

  • It’s ok if you do not want to watch the movie

  • It’s ok if you want to fast forward through scenes

  • If you choose to watch it, we suggest watching it with a supportive person

  • The movie mentions specific eating disorder behaviours and “numbers” (weight, calories etc.) which many people may find triggering and it’s important to acknowledge this

  • The movie is based on the experience of the film’s writer and director, Marti Noxon. This is only one person’s story and it is only one story of one type of eating disorder, anorexia nervosa.

  • It’s important to remember that this is a semi-autobiographical film.

  • The treatment system in Australia is different to that in America – and different types of services and supports are available in each state and territory.

  • The movie also highlights the impact an eating disorder can have on parents, siblings and loved ones.

  • While there are many parts of the movie that may be distressing for people, it is a hopeful story that demonstrates recovery from an eating disorder is possible

  • Many of the actors in the movie also had their own personal experience or connection to eating disorders and were supported by professionals throughout the filming.

  • Actors supported the Nine Truths About Eating Disorders which was endorsed by the National Eating Disorders Association (US).

  • If people are feeling upset or triggered by the movie, they need to know that there are many forms of help available.

  • If the producers had shied away from the more confronting aspects of anorexia, the movie would not be portraying the very serious nature of eating disorders

  • People might find that the movie can be used as a conversation starter with family and friends about anorexia – so talk about the types of help that is available.

About eating disorders

  • An eating disorder is a serious mental illness, characterised by eating, exercise and body weight or shape becoming an unhealthy preoccupation of someone's life. There are many reasons why people get eating disorders, and many types of eating disorders.

  • It’s estimated that one million Australians have an eating disorder, and this number is growing.

  • Eating disorders are not a lifestyle choice, a diet gone wrong or a cry for attention.

  • Eating disorders can take many different forms and interfere with a person’s day to day life. You can find fact sheets and more information about eating disorders here

EDV is here to help you or someone you care about

Call our Helpline 1300 550 236 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - a free and confidential service providing information or support about eating disorders and related issues. Open 9.30am - 5pm on weekdays, we offer a safe place for you to seek information, openly discuss your experience with eating disorders and answer any questions you may have.

Seek professional help with EDV Psychology - we offer private psychology sessions for people experiencing eating disorders and related issues, as well as for family and friends who are supporting a loved one. Sessions are currently available in Abbotsford and all of our psychologists have expertise in the field of eating disorders.

Attend an EDV Support Group – groups give people affected by an eating disorder the opportunity to draw upon the support, experience and skills of others facing similar issues. EDV groups allow people to discuss and share their experiences, emotions and challenges, and to develop positive strategies in a safe and supportive environment. Recovery and Family and Friends support groups are run throughout Melbourne and Victoria.

Should I Say Something? - an evidence based workshop that EDV is running on Tuesday 1 August for anyone wanting accurate information about eating disorders and how to approach and support someone they are concerned about.

Support services available

  • EDV Helpline - 1300 550 236
  • The Butterfly Foundation - 1800 334 673
  • Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800
  • Headspace – 1800 650 890
  • Lifeline – 13 11 14
  • Suicide Line – 1300 651 251

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