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Dying to Be Thin (#2715)

All across America, young girls are waging a dangerous battle with their own bodies. Unhappy with their appearance and often suffering low self-esteem, these girls -- many of whom are not overweight --embark on crash diets. The problem is growing on an alarming scale. Each year five to ten percent of the U.S. population will be diagnosed with eating disorders. Some girls succumb to anorexia, the deadliest of all mental illnesses, while even more young girls develop bulimia. "Dying to be Thin" also takes a special look at the ballet world, where dancers are routinely expected to maintain what is essentially an anorexic weight, and examines the chemical imbalance that scientists believe may contribute to anorexia. In all around nine million Americans suffer from anorexia, bulimia or a third, newly recognized syndrome called binge- eating disorder. However, secrecy is a hallmark of these illnesses, and many cases go unreported. NOVA examines the complex factors that lead to eating disorders and the therapies that can help their relief. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Grade Levels
6-8, 9-12
Curricular Areas
Science & Technology
Series Length
440 episodes
Average Episode Length
61 minutes
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