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Pat 9 of THIN continues with Polly talking with her mother and staff about integrity, second chances, and support systems. Are they just trying to call Polly and her mom's bluff? Trying to get Polly to be more serious? Doesn't her breaking the rules show she needs even more help? Did the center handle this the right way? I mean, look what she goes back to so quickly after all she had accomplished. It's really sad. The patients talk about imaging better lives and about recovery in general. How have they felt throughout this process?

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THIN Part 8, which begins with a room search for contraband. It amazes me that they think to check her stuffed bear's shoes. Also, how do you deal with this every minute of the day? And how do eating disorders arise in some patients?

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Part 7 of THIN, where we see a lecture from staff about who is serious in the program. They apologize for what they've done to break the rules, It's clear that friendships here form, but do these friends always do what's best for each other? How have they changed in the center? Who can they trust?

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THIN Part 6 - A bit on body checks and what consequences not following the rules can have. Also talks about how patients sometimes compare food intake. The question of trust is touched upon, both between patients and between staff and patients.

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THIN Part 5 - One patient talks about how she joined the Air Force to lose weight. With so much motivation to lose weight, how can they find motivation to gain that weight back and undo everything they've been working toward? It also touches on the difficult of moving on with recovering without the care of the center.

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THIN Part 4, showing how difficult it is for those with eating disorders to eat. Sometimes community can help. They talk about that feeling of just needing the food to not be in their stomachs any more. The scene when they have her draw the body image she perceives and then the body she actually has is very compelling.

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The 3rd part of THIN, where patients talk about their habits with eating disorders. They discuss binges, purging, calorie restrictions, and the inability to achieve satisfaction.

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This center, featured in the documentary THIN, helps females with eating disorders recover.

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She really doesn't want to eat her birthday cupcake. She doesn't. You can see it. And it's sad how society has led people to feel bad about eating their own birthday cake. And then to have them deal with that feeling for the rest of the day. That feeling she describes that she has to throw up. How can you make such a real feeling go away? Regarding Brittany, who doesn't follow her own advice, it's understandable that she does this. People with eating disorders often know they're supposed to eat. They know what they have to do, but just need to find the power to do it.

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I'm not sure how helpful watching some of these videos could be. At the very least, we learn from them. Learn the heartache, the struggle, the hate felt toward the self. Perhaps some might not understand, or feel what those with eating disorders feel, but the fact that you can see these individuals' bones--see their pain--helps illustrate how far some feel they must go to feel...anything.

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