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Louis Theroux’s Eating Disorder documentary nominated for a BAFTA

16 April 2018

Louis Theroux: Talking to Anorexia, a film based on people with eating disorders has been nominated for a BAFTA. The results will be known on 13 May 2018.

The documentary, filmed partly at our eating disorder services in Northwick Park and Vincent Square, was broadcast last October. The film looks at Anorexia with patients from Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Trust and CNWL.

The BBC say: “This film sees Louis Theroux embed himself in two of London’s biggest adult eating-disorder treatment facilities: St Ann’s Hospital and Vincent Square Clinic. He meets women of all ages and at various stages of their illness, accompanying them through an enforced daily routine of scheduled eating, weigh-ins and group therapy sessions.

CNWL’s Clinical Director for Eating Disorder Services, Dr Frances Connan, who is in the film, said: “Brave people showed Louis Theroux their Anorexia Nervosa and his film compassionately shows their struggles; what it’s like to live with this illness (for them and their families), and to engage in treatment and recovery.

“We see it all; it’s not about food itself but the feelings of powerlessness and worthlessness that lie beneath. We see the tyranny of the illness. There are some tough moments, but we also see hopeful shoots of recovery.

“The sooner someone with Anorexia Nervosa gets help and treatment, the better their chance of a full recovery. This is why we have expanded community based eating disorder services in North West London and Milton Keynes.

“This is a great film with great people battling one of the most deadly mental illnesses, in all its ugliness but with the love and hope that surrounds them.”