8:30pm – Wednesday, June 3 on ABC2
Though anorexia is usually thought of as a young girl’s problem, one in ten sufferers are boys. This sensitive observational documentary follows the struggle of three young lads attempting to overcome this life- threatening eating disorder at Rhodes Farm, a specialist clinic in London, England. The clinic, run by Dr Dee Dawson, has treated more than 750 patients over the past 14 years.
Declan is a 15-year-old lad whose life changed three years ago when he was bullied about his weight at school. Extreme dieting and an obsessive exercise regime turned him from a chubby 10.5 stone to 4 stone 10 lbs when he was admitted to Rhodes Farm.
Simon is also 15 and less than half way through his stay at Rhodes Farm. He was admitted four weeks ago after his weight had tumbled to 5 stone 5 lbs. Physically fragile, he has a big battle ahead of him to conquer his condition.
Eleven-year-old Warren is Rhodes Farm’s youngest male patient. He has been in the clinic for seven weeks and is halfway through his recovery programme, but when he was admitted he too was close to death. Warren stopped eating completely four months ago.
With the aid of the boys’ personal video diaries, viewers get a rare insight into male anorexia, what causes it, how to combat it, the difficult battle to get back to normal, and how the boys adjust to life in the outside world once their treatment is finished.