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An eating disorder is not a game

‘Anorexia eetclub” trying young people with an eating disorder to fit into a realityformat. And that pinches.

“How bad is it with them? It looks better?’ That was one of the main questions is where sixteen-year-old Daphne with it for the five other participants of the Anorexia club would …

“How bad is it with them? It looks better?’ That was one of the main questions is where sixteen-year-old Daphne with it for the five other participants of the Anorexia club would meet. It makes painfully clear how much you think is due to an eating disorder.

In Anorexia club, a new program on the Dutch channel NPO 3, learn six of the teenagers and young twenty-somethings under the guidance of a dietician how they normally cook and eat. But in which group therapy is also risk, so be punctual for the programme. “If people with anorexia come together, they feel heard, but it also creates a competition: who is the best anorexiapatiënt?’, explained coach Isabelle Plasmeijer.

While experts in eating disorders such as Plasmeijer interpretation gave, gave the young people their soul bare. Sanne (17), its tenth of an eating disorder, told in the first episode how they anorexia as her ‘buddy’ will see. ‘No, I would completely panic, because I do not know what there is left of me. Where is Sanne? That is just the way, I think.’

The paarsharige Joris (21) did it to show that men with eating disorders exist. ‘Anorexia does not discriminate against anyone, of anorexia just go dead, ” he said. “I have a schijthekel to the romanticized image of the skinny person; it really is a hell.’

That hell is quite real in the movies and the photos that the young people made at the height of their illness. As Fleur (21), which is in 2016 so skinny that she was no longer on her legs could stand. “I feel really good,” she said emaciated in a self-made video from her bedside. She felt her high cheekbones. ‘Only this: my god, my face.’ She took to her cheeks with a filtertje’ a bit thicker. After a discussion about how much butter there is in the pan was allowed, it would be Fleur first the kitchen of Anorexia eetclub run out. Others followed, sometimes in a panic. Ultimately, only Sarah and Daphne look at the sizzling fish in the pan.

The first episode showed interesting portraits of sick, but mature young people. Yet wring something. Anorexia everyone is trying patients with an eating disorder, after all, to fit in a realityformat. The music was to the emotions of these vulnerable young people to enlarge, the six participants went according to the offscreenstem ‘challenges’ to and talked during biechtmomenten one-on-one with the camera about what exactly they are all comfortable with what the viewer just saw – as happens so often in reality tv. ‘Anorexia everyone goes through, but who does it next week yet?”, said the voice-over at the end, hengelend to a whopper of a cliffhanger. An eating disorder is anything but a game, so testified the young people in detail in this program. It would be good if tv makers don’t entertainmentshow of trying to make.
 

Anorexia club. Every Tuesday at 21.05 pm on NPO 3.

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