Discussion Guide

95% of individuals who suffer from eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25. More than 50% of teenage girls and nearly 33% of teenage boys admit to using unhealthy methods to control their weight. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Lifetime’s movie "Starving in Suburbia" takes viewers inside the dangerous world of “pro-ana” (pro-an-orexia) and thinspo culture, and looks soberly at the tragic eating disorders so many young girls and boys battle everyday. We have partnered with the Child Mind Institute and the National Disorders Association (NEDA) to create an educational guide for young adults and parents.


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About the National Disorders Association (NEDA) 

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), headquartered in New York City, is the leading U.S. non-profit organization supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. Each year, NEDA helps millions of people across the country find information and appropriate treatment resources through its toll-free, live helpline, its many outreach programs and website. NEDA advocates for advancements in the field and envisions a world without eating disorders. For more information, visit www.NationalEatingDisorders.org


About the Child Mind Institute 

The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere. Founded by Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz and Brooke Garber Neidich, our organization is committed to finding more effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, building the science of healthy brain development, and empowering children and their families with help, hope, and answers. The Child Mind Institute does not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry.