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Posting this query as a public service. If you are considering being interviewed we recommend you take a look at F.E.A.S.T.'s policy on media interviews and family participation: http://www.feast-ed.org/general/custom.asp?page=Speakingwiththemedia 
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BBC Documentary – Louis Theroux: Eating Disorders

The BBC Documentaries Department is making a documentary about people with eating disorders in the UK, and the impact on the individuals battling the illness and their families. The 60-minute film will be broadcast on BBC Two, and will be presented by Louis Theroux. Louis is a respected and experienced documentary maker who has made documentaries about a range of sensitive and challenging subjects including autism, alcoholism and dementia.

We understand that eating disorders are complex and that diagnosis and treatment can be hugely challenging for individuals and their families. With eating disorders affecting an increasing number of people, particularly young people, we hope to follow the stories of individuals who are battling this serious mental illness and their families to educate our viewers about the impact of eating disorders and challenge some of the stigma surrounding them.

We are aware that we are dealing with a very serious issue, so the documentary will be made in close collaboration with individuals, their families and professionals providing treatment to ensure that any filming is approached in a safe, appropriate and sensitive manner.

If you are interested in learning more about our documentary and you are based in the UK, please do get in touch. Please be assured that all conversations will be confidential and there’s no expectation for you to be in the final documentary if you do get in contact.  

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Danielle Spears

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Yup, I too want to pass on the message, after talking with Danielle Spears, the researcher. She seems to have spoken to some of us already and seems already well informed and respectful.The documentary will be just on anorexia, and for any age. They'd like people to speak to privately for their research (just a phone call) and also families who are willing to be filmed. She explained to me that at any stage people can change their mind, even after filming has taken place. 


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Ive also spoken to Danielle Spears too. She seems great and keen to portray it sensitively and with understanding. Am really excited and encouraged about this documentary. Would recommend people to get in touch.
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This is good but i have bulimia in the house which once more gets sidelined. Oh well, its a step in the right direction for AN.
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You're right Nelly - the concentration on AN is misleading. BN, EDNOS and BED are far more common. Maybe we could make that comment to the documentary makers, not to discourage them from this which sounds very valuable, but so they could at least put a notice at the end stating that other eating disorders exist and are just as serious
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That's true. The heartache and devastation are just as bad, as are the mortality rates but society has a ghoulish fascination with the visuals of AN. Makes me mad [mad] Our AN patients are not freaks and the BN, BED and ARFID patients deserve as much care and support.

I think your idea is great Marcella. Whenever I try to educate the school etc. I do my best to remember to speak about ED's as a whole.

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so they could at least put a notice at the end stating that other eating disorders exist and are just as serious 
 
Yes, good idea, and I'll send Danielle, the researcher, a link to this discussion, since it is public. When I spoke to her I got the sense that she was aware of all this and had taken a decision to narrow down the vast number of choices in order to make a one-hour program on what is a huge and complex topic. Personally I think that even sticking to anorexia, doing a program on both child/adolescent and adult sufferers could dilute and confuse the message about treatment, just as books based on adult treatment can throw parents of children off course. 

I find that when I am writing I can get quite paralysed by the attempt to cover everything that needs to be covered! So I cheer when journalists manage to create something meaningful on just one aspect. 

[Deenl, by the way I do love your tagline 
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Those myth busters are important. Age, gender, cause- brain based, treatment is a postcode lottery. Food is the medicine. So much to cover. He is good though.
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thank you to anyone who has written to Danielle - I've just done briefly to ask that she mentions other eating disorders.

I've had a frustrating day having to outline the absolute basics on eating disorders (no they are not experienced entirely by white middle-class girls and neither are they caused by the fashion industry) to a qualified DOCTOR and was feeling defeated at the idea of having, yet again, to go back to basics.

Thinking about it on the way home I decided that this is an opportunity, not a cause to give up the case as hopeless, and I've begun the task of gradually educating him, and I hope those around him. I have to tread carefully. I am not medically qualified. Information from the Internet with no provenance will NOT do, but in some ways it's actually easier to change the minds of those with no clue than those with fixed opinions developed in 1975 so I'm hopeful I'll get there with him.

I'm also hopeful that this documentary will get the researchers thinking too and perhaps to consider more than just the shock factor of low weight AN.

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Good on you, Marcella! It can be really tricky to educate 'the professionals'. I have seen the shutters come down on countless occasions. It's taken some time for me to realise just how expert we 'amateurs' are and it's good when 'the professionals' respect our knowledge and indeed expertise. Please feel free to refer this doc to our family as an example that proves that it's not simply white middle class girls / fashion industry, etc etc.
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