There are, unfortunately, millions of stories about the tragic nature of eating disorders. There are also stories of hope. Eating disorders can be treated.
Between five and ten million women and one million men suffer from eating disorders. The truth is that they could be your daughter or son, the girl next door or your wife or co-worker, and you would never know.
Eating disorders are serious hidden diseases that manifest themselves in behavior that can destroy lives. But with recognition, understanding and a complete course of treatment, a sufferer can come through to the other side.
We reconnected with the women in the PBS Perfect Illusions documentary, as well as their friends and families, and heard some new voices as well. We wanted you to know about Marya, Suni and Annie, and what they're doing now.
Perhaps their stories, or Brad's or Jaynee's, or Virginia's parental wisdom, will speak to you. Perhaps you can relate to Anna's friends. Their narratives are written from interviews by Producer/Director Peggy Case, conducted as part of the original documentary, and include updated information about their lives.
Perhaps all these true stories can help you, a friend or a loved one.