THIN, the 2006 released documentary film directed by Lauren Greenfield and distributed by HBO, explores The Renfrew Center in Coconut Creek, Florida. This center is a 40-bed residential house for women undergoingtreatment for eating disorders.
The film focuses on four women suffering from anorexia nervosa and/or bulimia and how they struggle for recovery and survival.
This documentary is part of the campaign, undertaken by Greenfield, that explores and raises issues related to body image and the subsequent eating disorders of plaguing our women.
The film is shot in the center with the director staying with the inmates of the house for six months, getting unrestricted access to film the all the aspects and experiences of a patient’s life. The film documents the therapy sessions, mealtime, the highly structured routine of inpatients’ daily lives, alongside the complex and troubling interpersonal relationships with each other, with family and with staff.
In THIN, Green field present a decade long exploration of the body image, and its relevance in today’s world, where how one looks become a primary expression of a girl’s identity.