Headspace issues warning over Netflix movie To the Bone

CONTROVERSIAL: Netflix has again made headlines for the wrong reasons with To The Bone, starring Lily Collins as a young woman with an eating disorder, prompting health warnings. Picture: Netflix
CONTROVERSIAL: Netflix has again made headlines for the wrong reasons with To The Bone, starring Lily Collins as a young woman with an eating disorder, prompting health warnings. Picture: Netflix

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Mental health experts have voiced concerns a new Netflix movie about anorexia could trigger at-risk young people.

To the Bone, described as “part drama, part dark comedy” and released on July 14, details a young woman’s experience with an eating disorder. Netflix sparked a similar reaction with its series 13 Reasons Why, which was centred around teenage suicide.

Albury-Wodonga headspace manager Karina Kerr said eating disorders were an emerging area of concern.

“It’s an issue that has been brought to our attention by schools and young people,” Ms Kerr said.

“Predominantly it’s (a problem for) girls between the age of 12 and 14 but we are also seeing young men between 18 and 22 years experiencing self-esteem issues around body image.

“If we are going to talk about these significant issues or graphic images that can affect a young person’s mental health, that conversation must also include a discussion of where they can go to get help and support.”

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VIDEO: The official trailer for Netflix movie To the Bone starring Lily Collins.