Documentary Explores Deadly Desire to Be 'Thin' A fly-on-the-wall documentary about eating disorders premieres tonight on HBO. Thin follows four women at an eating-disorder treatment center in Florida. Director Lauren Greenfield documents their dangerous obsession and the complex issues behind anorexia and bulimia.
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Documentary Explores Deadly Desire to Be 'Thin'

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Documentary Explores Deadly Desire to Be 'Thin'

Documentary Explores Deadly Desire to Be 'Thin'

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Shelly, 25, is one of four women profiled in the HBO documentary Thin. She is shown at her home in Salt Lake City, six months after leaving Renfrew Center, a clinic for eating disorders. Lauren Greenfield hide caption

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A documentary premiering tonight on HBO takes an unflinching look at eating disorders and the tangle of cultural and psychological issues behind them.

Thin follows four clients at an eating-disorder treatment center in Florida. With a fly-on-the-wall approach, director Lauren Greenfield explores the dangerous obsession with thinness, the rules and rituals behind anorexia and bulimia, and the complex process of treatment.