Starved chokes on a spew of vitriol

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In a move that is guaranteed to cause ratings to spike for the pilot episode, the National Eating Disorders Association is urging advertisers and viewers to boycott the new sitcom Starved, on the FX network. NEDA says they are "deeply concerned" about the new show, which tells the story of four 30-somethings who are plagued with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating.

FX calls the show "a poignant take on food addiction, which is the backdrop to the funny, romantic and personal lives of the four characters." But on its Web site, NEDA says that Starved perpetuates the stigma associated with eating disorders by depicting characters with such over-the-top behaviors as to make them appear absurd and pathetic." The association is worried that the show will further twist and misinform about the issues surrounding eating disorders.

Previously, NEDA has come out against the Showtime sitcom Fat Actress. However, that show didn't need any help sinking in the ratings.

If you want to find out more about boycotting Starved, check out NEDA's Web site. If you want to watch Starved, check out the FX network Thursday, August 4, at 10:00pm.

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