The documentary Super Skinny Me aired on BBC America last night. The film is sort of like Morgan Spurlock’s doc Super Size Me, but instead of risking their health eating fast food, two women risk their health following celebrity fad diets in order to get down to a size 00. Not surprisingly, both women ended up suffering physical side effects from the different diets (Master Cleanse, protein shakes, watercress soup diet, etc.) and methods (swimming in freezing water, colonics, excessive exercising, etc.), ranging from rashes to fatigue, but the most surprising thing was that one of the women, Kate, suffered severe mental side effects. She became so obsessed with her weight and the amount of food she ate that she ended up developing an actual eating disorder.
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