I wonder how different my ability to re-feed our daughter would have been if I had this video? I cannot believe how emotional I felt as I saw this; how relieved I felt for parents watching it, how validating it was. I thought of how practical and calm and realistic and normalizing this is to the more modern approach to eating disorders. Seeing something like this really helps me see how far we have come because THIS is the attitude about the illness and to families and treatment that I wish was widespread.
I'm have no doubt this film would upset many people - indeed, MOST people - treating eating disorders in more traditional ways. Yet they are the people I most want to see it.
These families and this filmmaker and Kelty Mental Health deserve an enormous round of applause for creating this and making it widely available.
A portion of this video was nominated for the F.E.A.S.T. Film Festival, and I've added it to my list of possible clips for that competition. Check out my list of favorites and let us know what YOU would like to be screened at the conference!