Louis Theroux has been tackling anorexia in his latest documentary. The hard-hitting subject was dealt with compassion and a sympathetic ear. But, I do feel that they missed a lot out within the filming.
I was certainly expecting something different in terms of the sides that were shown in terms of anorexia. One being the male aspect because just as many males suffer from the disorder, but unfortunately they didn’t even touch on the subject. They only mentioned once about males suffering from anorexia, but that was only a sly term in referencing to male and females suffering; one word, nothing more. I’ve found that many media’s sideline the male side because it is still only seen as a “female issue” in modern society, but this deters male’s from coming forward to get help with their disorder.
Anorexia whether male or female is curable and the documentary showed how hard it can be to recover. When in the mist of the disorder it took me approximately thirteen years to find a complete recovery process. The years of eating well, and the years of losing a lot of weight; a never-ending circle. I think on a personal note: I only found a cure when I started to realise my self-worth and had the confidence to make myself better.
Once you find recovery I must stress that it isn’t plain sailing. I have found that your body goes through a multitude of problems even afterwards. For example: not feeling hungry, feeling too hungry, acid reflux, irritable bowl syndrome, and arthritis. But, this isn’t always the case for everyone who recovers. The one tip I will give to any suffer is practice mindful meditation, this will help your mind relax and give you better focus.
I don’t want you to misconstrue this as hate against this documentary because even though they missed aspects out, it was still very entertaining, and was dealt to the audience in a constructive manner.
4 out 5 rating – can’t say fairer than that. Check it out on BBC iPlayer.