This week on The Local Show, we take you inside the hidden world of eating disorders. Later tonight, KCPT brings you a national documentary that chronicles the millions of Americans suffering from anorexia and bulimia. Remarkably, they are conditions that have the highest fatality rate of all psychiatric disorders. Yet, as you’re about to see, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get a health insurance company to cover its treatment.
You will hear several stories from people suffering from these devastating illnesses in Erasing Eating Disorders, a national public television documentary coming up at 8 p.m. here on KCPT, or immediately following The Local Show if you’re watching the rebroadcast of this program.
Nick Haines sits down with Mary Beth Blackwell, Director of the Eating Disorder Resource Center at Jewish Family Services, and Kori Hintz-Bohn, Executive Director of the Renew Counseling Center, an intensive outpatient program for eating disorders, based in Olathe.
We take you inside a local group home for women learning to overcome their eating disorders. Thalia House in Fairway, Ks. is a six person transitional home designed to fill an unmet need–to help women who have been released from hospital for anorexia and bulimia but are not quite ready to resume their normal lives.
Coming up at 8:30 here on KCPT, POV shows Girl Model which shows an unseen side of the modeling industry as talent scouts recruit pre-pubescent girls overseas.
Can we as a society help decrease these startling eating disorder statistics? We are bombarded with messages from the media of what to eat, not eat, what diet to be on, how to look, and how to dress. Media messages come from movies, television, magazines, or what brand clothing we wear. Last year at Johnson County Community College, they screened the new film America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments about our country’s obsession with beauty and thinness.
And finally, there are three things not to say to someone with an eating disorder, according to the eating recovery center:
1. Why can’t you just eat?
2. Everybody hates their body sometimes
3. Yes, I’ll keep your eating disorder a secret
Eating disorders are the deadliest mental illness. A woman with anorexia nervosa is 5.6 times more likely to die than another woman of her same age. The most frequent causes of death from eating disorders are suicide (32 percent), complications associated with anorexia (19 percent), and cancer (11 percent). The average age of death for an individual with anorexia is only 34 years.
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