Netflix's 'To The Bone' Trailer Slammed For Its Depiction Of Anorexia

By Keri Blakinger 06/26/17

Some critics on social media say the new trailer for the upcoming release glamorizes anorexia.

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Lily Collins in "To The Bone"
Lily Collins in "To The Bone" Photo via YouTube

The film that actress Lily Collins worried would spark an eating disorder relapse has already set off shockwaves online as the freshly released trailer makes its way across the internet. 

To The Bone, a Netflix film set for release in July, focuses on the plight of a young woman battling anorexia. The film’s director has touted it as an awareness-raising endeavor, but with shots of scales and calorie-counting popping up in the trailer, some are worried it could be triggering “thinspiration” for those battling eating disorders. 

“First 13 Reasons Why, now To The Bone, can't Netflix stop triggering those with mental health problems and go back to lesbians in prison?” wrote one Twitter user this week.

“Seriously, fuck Netflix for making To the Bone. Even the trailer is triggering,” wrote another. “What do you think it'll do to its impressionable viewers?”

“Sorry but if they were to make To The Bone realistic, it would be a horror,” another woman tweeted. “Anorexia is a monster, not a romantic disease.” 

But others defended the film, pointing out that both Collins and the flick’s director, Marti Noxon, have battled eating disorders. 

“Before y’all go off about To The Bone maybe do your research it’s written and directed by someone who had an eating disorder,” one fan tweeted. 

Collins opened up earlier this year about her own battle with eating disorders, and just two days after the trailer dropped online, the 28-year-old spoke out again in a Shape interview.

“Although I was in recovery for several years before the movie, preparing for the film allowed me to gather facts about eating disorders from professionals. It was a new form of recovery for me. I got to experience it as my character, Ellen, but also as Lily,” she said.

“I was terrified that doing the movie would take me backward, but I had to remind myself that they hired me to tell a story, not to be a certain weight. In the end, it was a gift to be able to step back into shoes I had once worn but from a more mature place."

Around the same time she signed on board for the film, Collins was in the process of writing a memoir detailing her past struggles. 

"I wrote my chapter on my experiences a week before I got Marti’s script and it was like the universe putting these things in my sphere to help me face, kind of dead on, a fear that I used to have,” she said earlier this year. “And, a way to explain it as someone who’s gone through it and to open up a topic that is considered quite taboo with young people nowadays, male, female, and to really start a conversation.” 

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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