Photographs by Lauren Greenfield. Introduction by Joan Jacobs Brumberg.
Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 2006. 224 pp., 80 color illustrations, 8¼x10¾".
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Critically acclaimed for Girl Culture and Fast Forward, Lauren Greenfield continues her exploration of contemporary female culture with Thin, a groundbreaking book about eating disorders. Greenfield's photographs are paired with extensive interviews and journal entries from twenty girls and women who are suffering from various afflictions. We meet 15-year-old Brittany, who is convinced that being thin is the only way to gain acceptance among her peers; Alisa, a divorced mother of two whose hatred of her body is manifested in her relentless compulsion to purge; Shelly, who has been battling anorexia for six years and has had a feeding tube surgically implanted in her stomach; as well as many others. Alongside these personal stories are essays on the sociology and science of eating disorders by renowned researchers Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Dr. David Herzog, and Dr. Michael Strober. These intimate photographs, frank voices, and thoughtful discussions combine to make Thin not only the first book of its kind but also a portrait of profound understanding.
About the DVD:
Taking viewers inside the Renfrew Center, a treatment facility for women with eating disorders, this HBO documentary follows four young women ranging from 15 to 30 who have spent their whole lives battling starvation and deadly self-image issues. From recoveries to relapses, this intrepid work makes the daily lives of these individuals a powerful and insightful tool for those interested in learning about a disease that remains a hidden secret many. 102 minutes.
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