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'To the Bone' walks fine line of depicting eating disorders

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/12/2017 By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer
In this June 29, 2017 photo, writer-director Marti Noxon, left, and actress Lily Collins pose at the London West Hollywood hotel to promote their film, "To the Bone," in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press In this June 29, 2017 photo, writer-director Marti Noxon, left, and actress Lily Collins pose at the London West Hollywood hotel to promote their film, "To the Bone," in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leaders in the eating disorder community say that the new film "To the Bone" is helping increase awareness and conversations around the illness, but some worry about its potential effects.

In this June 29, 2017 photo, writer-director Marti Noxon, left, and actress Lily Collins pose at the London West Hollywood hotel to promote their film, "To the Bone," in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press In this June 29, 2017 photo, writer-director Marti Noxon, left, and actress Lily Collins pose at the London West Hollywood hotel to promote their film, "To the Bone," in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The film's trailer has already been the subject of much debate and criticism as to whether or not it glamourizes eating disorders. "To the Bone" debuts on Netflix on Friday.

In this June 29, 2017 photo, writer-director Marti Noxon, left, and actress Lily Collins pose at the London West Hollywood hotel to promote their film, "To the Bone," in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press In this June 29, 2017 photo, writer-director Marti Noxon, left, and actress Lily Collins pose at the London West Hollywood hotel to promote their film, "To the Bone," in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Actress Lily Collins stars as a 20-year-old anorexic artist who is put in a treatment home at the suggestion of a doctor played by Keanu Reeves.

In this June 29, 2017 photo, writer-director Marti Noxon, left, and actress Lily Collins pose at the London West Hollywood hotel to promote their film, "To the Bone," in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press In this June 29, 2017 photo, writer-director Marti Noxon, left, and actress Lily Collins pose at the London West Hollywood hotel to promote their film, "To the Bone," in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The film is based on the experiences of writer-director Marti Noxon, who struggled with anorexia and bulimia for 10 years. She consulted experts to help create a fictionalized version of her experiences.

She and Collins say the result is a film about hope and recovery.

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