Keanu Reeves and Lily Collins Release PSA About Eating Disorders

By May Wilkerson 06/02/16

In a new PSA, the cast and crew of the upcoming film To The Bone read "Nine Truths About Eating Disorders" to raise awareness about eating disorders.

Keanu Reeves and Lily Collins Release PSA About Eating Disorders
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In honor of the first-ever World Eating Disorders Action Day, Keanu Reeves and Lily Collins—who are working on a new "dramedy" about eating disorders—have released a powerful PSA to raise awareness about the disorders. 

In the one-and-a-half minute video, Reeves, Collins and other cast and crew from the movie read out "Nine Truths About Eating Disorders." These include: "Truth Number One: Many people with eating disorders look healthy, yet may be extremely ill," and "Truth Number Two: Families are not to blame and can be the patient's and provider's best allies in treatment."

These "Nine Truths" are based on Dr. Cynthia Bulik's "9 Eating Disorders Myths Busted" speech which she gave at the National Institute of Mental Health in 2014. Bulik is director of research at the University of North Carolina Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, one of more than 200 groups who united to participate in World Eating Disorders Action Day to raise awareness and advocate for better treatment of eating disorders, according to the organization's website

"It is thrilling to hear the members of this amazing cast read these carefully crafted messages," said Dr. Lauren Muhlheim, director of Eating Disorder Therapy LA. "Adding celebrity voices to the 'Nine Truths About Eating Disorders' will broaden the audience for this important information." 

To the Bone, which is scheduled to hit theaters in 2017, was inspired by director Marti Noxon’s struggle with eating disorders, Variety reports. There are up to 30 million people suffering from eating disorders, according to the National Eating Disorder Association. The problem affects both men and women of all ages and backgrounds, though myths persist that only middle- and upper-class young white women suffer from eating disorders. The film and PSA hope to upend some of these common misconceptions.

"I'm incredibly honored to be part of such a powerful story of love, self-doubt, and the courage it takes to fight for survival,” said co-star Lily Collins in an Instagram post earlier this year. "I believe this film has the potential to shine a light on something that's becoming more prevalent within our society every day and let those suffering know they're not alone."

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