All week, we’ve been talking about the dark realities of eating disorders–and how “everybody knows somebody.” But for many of us (especially babies of the 80s), before we knew about how dangerous, serious and gripping disordered eating really is…we knew that it was something that made amazing/awful/ridiculous made-for-TV Lifetime movies.
A total guilty pleasure for anyone who’s ever found themselves blissfully bored with cable TV on a Sunday afternoon, Lifetime movies are over-the-top exaggerations that turn serious matters–like domestic violence and sexual abuse–into hyped up redemption stories that, without fail, have a good guy, a bad guy, and some kind of pathological disruption. And they are at their best when they are tackling eating disorders–one of their most popular topic.
Revel in the late-90s fashion, the ultra-dramatic plot-lines, and the overall made-for-TV goodness with this gallery of the best/most absurd Lifetime movies about eating disorders.
But just a warning: these movies can be pretty triggering for a lot of women–in fact, many of them are favorites on pro-ana and other ED-specific websites. So if you’re in recovery, you may want to skip this gallery and find some of our other great articles.
Image: IMDB. All the rest are from the films themselves, most of which are on YouTube.