DURHAM, North Carolina (WTVD) — A new Netflix controversy comes months after the series “13 reasons Why” was accused of glamorizing teen suicide.
A new movie titled “To the Bone” is at the center of a debate about glamorizing eating disorders.
Local experts are speaking out about their concerns.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services warns children and teens should watch it under parental guidance.
According to Kelly Haight, a press assistant with NC DHHS:
“People who may experience distress with visual imagery or who feel this topic could be a trigger should use caution when viewing the movie and its images. Children and teens should do so with parental guidance and others should consult with a healthcare provider if they have questions or concerns.
Individuals can call their access lines for mental health treatment, as well as their local health department or primary care physician.”
DHHS is not the only organization urging caution.
“To the Bone” features tough images that show the toll an eating disorders can take. It’s a cautionary tale, but Duke Center for Eating Disorders is asking parents to consider whether their children are ready to watch it.