“Thirty million Americans struggle with eating disorders at some point in their lives,” Mysko said.
“This is something that needs to be talked about, and we need for people to understand that this isn’t a silly fad or something that people choose.” Mysko hasn’t yet seen , but said she hopes Netflix will provide resources for viewers who may be vulnerable.
But as different as they are, all the voices peddling the narrative of a "man crisis" have one thing in common: They all argue that in this increasingly feminized world, successful men are becoming rarer and rarer.
Asked if she might have benefited from seeing a film like when she was struggling with her eating disorder, Noxon paused. “If I had seen where it leads, that no matter what you’re going through and however you’re externalising your anger and your sadness, ultimately it becomes a question of ‘how do you want to live?
, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown asks why so many people end up falling prey to "toxic self-hatred." She notes that despite rising rates of eating disorders for men, the problem is still demonstrably worse for women.
With tips on how to lose weight sitting side by side with articles on how to spice up a dull sex life or how to navigate an office fling, women's media has long reinforced the message that beauty and romantic fulfillment are closely correlated.
Lately, of course, many of these same media outlets have featured stories on the male crisis, driving home the message that "good guys" are ever more difficult to find.
“At the same time we want it to be entertaining, so we were balancing a lot.” Noxon wanted to avoid one trope in particular, “this idea that the perfectionist quality of anorexics is their most defining trait,” she said.
It’s something she saw in a character with anorexia (played by “I appreciated their attempt to incorporate that as a real problem and a real illness,” said Noxon, who watched the series with her now 12-year-old daughter.
But, she added, “it didn’t necessarily feel that the person writing it had really been through it.” Noxon wrote ) that required her to think a lot about her childhood. It’s about a person struggling with her real demons.” While focuses mainly on Ellen’s recovery, it features a woman of colour battling an eating disorder and a male character with anorexia.
“It really came back to me that I was still myself,” Noxon said. Cynthia Bulik, founding director of the UNC Centre of Excellence for Eating Disorders, has not yet seen the film, but said those inclusions are encouraging because Hollywood and news outlets often fail to show that eating disorders also affect people outside of the stereotype.
“Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, body shapes, weights, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status,” Noxon says in the video.