Casey Powell is a young teenage girl who is secretly suffering from anorexia nervosa, a mental and physical illness of deliberately starving herself or self-induced vomiting, because of her... See full summary »
Eva Marie Saint,
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Dawn Cottrell (Peterson) seems like a typical sixteen-year-old girl, but she has a very dangerous secret. Unable to express her true feelings, whenever Dawn is upset she grabs a knife and cuts herself.
Susan switches identities with her new friend Nicole, so that Nicole can pay for her medical bills with Susan's insurance. Then Susan finds herself trapped in her new identity when Nicole ends up dead under questionable circumstances.
very good true story of Ellen Hart-Pena's battle with bulimia
I found this an involving woman's picture about Ellen Hart-Pena, whose husband, Federico Pena went on to become the Secretary of Energy. Ellen Hart-Pena was an world-class distance runner with Olympic aspirations spoiled by her eating disorders. She keeps her problems a secret from her family and husband. When she finally seeks help, she does confess to her husband, making light of her problem and acting as if she no longer has one. Eventually, her life careens totally out of control.
This is a story of Pena's addiction but also of her slow recovery, her anger, and her resistance. It's also a story of a strong marriage that survived many problems. Crystal Bernard is effective and sympathetic in the lead role.
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