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Anorexia and Bulimia
AREA
This documentary primarily focuses on the existence of Eating Disorders amongst teenagers worldwide. Although this is not a new
development, in recent years the increase in popularity and availability of the Internet has brought about a new ‘culture’ to which
these troubled teenagers are subscribing – this ‘culture’ is that of the ‘pro-anorexia’ or ‘pro-ana’ movement. These clubs and groups
are often given pet names, such as Ana or Anna (anorexia) and Billy or Mia (Bulimia), and supporters use e-groups and clubs to
post messages of support to like minded friends who support and understand their eating habits.
FOCUS
In response to recent negative media attention about this growing ‘society’, I aim to produce a non-biased and factual account giving
opinions from both sides of the argument. I aim to understand and perhaps validate the reasons why young teenagers feel
compelled to visit and belong to these groups. This documentary will include statistics about the typical age and background of the
members, and also interviews through which I hope to gain a better understanding of the motivations of these people. I will also
investigate claims about these sites’ ‘recruitment’ of new anorexics and potential positive aspects of their existence. I also aim to
investigate recent claims by the media that these sites are detrimental to the health of young teenagers and that they are a danger
to society and should be regulated or shut do…
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