An estimated 10 million women and one million men in the United States suffer from an eating disorder, according to the Eating Disorder Foundation. If you're seeking help for yourself or someone you care about, talk with an expert.
In addition, we recommend the following books and DVDs:
- "Letting Ana Go" tells the story of a girl who seems to have it all. But as she struggles with meeting expectations, she turns to controlling food as a way to take charge of her life. Weight loss comes to mean success, all documented in a moving diary that reveals the toll and tragedy of eating disorders. Learn more about "Letting Ana Go" by clicking here.
- "The Best Little Girl in the World" is a famed book on anorexia: Get "The Best Little Girl in the World" now by clicking here.
- "Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia (P.S.)" is a fascinating memoir by best-selling author Marya Hornbacher. In it, she reveals how she first fight to lose weight - and then battled to recover. It's a stark, insightful journey through the looking glass of eating disorders. Learn more about "Wasted: A Memoir" by clicking here.
- What happens when a woman specializing in documentaries and photography explores life within an eating disorders treatment facility? The answer is "Thin," an exploration into the lives of brave girls and women who revealed their stories in hopes of helping others. Included with their 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. Learn more about "Thin" by clicking here. Also recommended: HBO's original documentary showcasing those patients: Get the details on the DVD by clicking here.
- "You can never be too rich or too thin" has become a familiar saying. But Susan Sarandon proves why the "too thin" element can be deadly in the documentary "Dying to Be Thin" (click for details).
- Discover how to know if a "problem" might be an eating disorder by clicking here for "Almost Anorexic: Is My (or My Loved One's) Relationship with Food a Problem? (The Almost Effect)."