When is thin too thin? TVO explores eating disorders, Sunday March 2

    TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - In today's media-rich world kids, particularly
girls, face tremendous pressure to be thin. This often leads to a negative
body image and eating disorders. One study published in the Canadian Medical
Association Journal (2001) reported that 27% of Ontario girls 12-18 years old
were engaged in severely problematic food and weight behaviour.
    On Sunday March 2, 2008, TVO uses the power of television and the
internet to explore the issues surrounding eating disorders. At 9 pm the
gritty, feature-length documentary Thin follows four women struggling with
anorexia and bulimia. Immediately following the film at approximately 10:45
pm, Your Voice, TVO's online parenting program at www.tvoparents.com, will
feature a panel discussion with experts on eating disorders and welcome
questions and comments from the public.

    Thin - TVO Premiere
    Sunday March 2, 2008 at 9 pm ET

    Acclaimed photographer Lauren Greenfield began documenting eating
disorders in 1997, originally for a story for Time magazine, and later for her
book Girl Culture. In this sobering and hard-hitting, Emmy-nominated
documentary Greenfield follows four young women coping with anorexia and
bulimia at the Renfrew Center in Coconut Creek, Florida. In vérité style
Greenfield's camera captures early-morning weight checks, emotionally draining
mealtimes, tearful therapy sessions, and tense encounters with staff and
family members. The film also chronicles the efforts of therapists,
counsellors and nurses. Often, vigilance isn't enough, and patients relapse
into purging or hiding food. For some patients health insurance runs out, and
they are forced to leave.
    Unflinching and incisive, Thin is an emotional journey through the world
of eating disorders that provides a greater understanding of their complexity,
encompassing not just issues of food, body image or self-esteem, but also a
mix of personal, familial, cultural and mental health concerns.

    Your Voice
    Sunday March 2, 2008 live at www.tvoparents.com at approximately 10:45 pm
    ET, immediately following broadcast of Thin

    Following Thin, www.tvoparents.com's interactive parenting show Your
Voice with host Cheryl Jackson will welcome a panel of experts to discuss the
pressures on young children, particularly girls, to be thin. How can parents
recognize the signs of an eating disorder? And what they can do to help their
children get well and feel good about themselves?
    Guests include:
    - Dr. Sheri Findlay, pediatrician and division head and medical director
of the McMaster Children's Eating Disorder Program in Hamilton
    - Carolyn Mayeur, who helped establish Danielle's Place, an eating
disorders centre in Burlington, following the death of her 25-year-old
daughter Danielle from anorexia.
    - Heather Jessop, instructor for the "Reflections of Me" body-image
program delivered to some elementary school children in Ontario. Heather wrote
the curriculum for Grades 1 and 6 for the course, and leads workshops for
elementary teachers interested in the program.
    During the webcast, parents can send their questions directly to the
experts online at the Your Voice page at www.tvoparents.com, or by phone at
    Your Voice and the www.tvoparents.com site were developed to help parents
of early learners and school-age children become involved in their kids'
education, and make it the best it can be.

    About TVO

    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires, and
stimulates curiosity and thought. We are committed to empowering people to be
engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Angela Garde, (416) 484-2600,
ext. 2305, agarde@tvo.org

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