Lifestories: Families in Crisis

Season 1 Episode 1

The Secret Life of Mary Margaret: Portrait of a Bulimic

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Aug 01, 1992 on HBO
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The Secret Life of Mary Margaret: Portrait of a Bulimic
Mary-Margaret lives a perfect life. But when she got a modeling job, she wanted to be as thin as she can be. So she gets as much food as she can have, eats it, and throws it up to lose weight. Because of that she became bulimic. She meets a girl who is also bulimic and tries to keep up with her. But when she dies, Mary-Margaret realizes that she can't keep this a secret anymore.moreless

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    i watched this movie in my health class and i found it positively disgusting. i find that showing a young woman of these circumstances is mortifying and makes most people sick to their stmaches. not only did i feel like vomiting, but i was disgusted because i thought i was fat, weighing 113lbs at the time. my health teacher thought that showing this would help spark dicussion, but, to her dismay, it only sparked nausea. and even if you wanted to escape the horrific visuals, you could not ignore the sounds of vomiting.

    personally, i think that these disorders have something to do with a womans environment. if you feel like your in this situation, get hekp immediately. you may be in this problem area if you are over the age of 20 and still weigh 100lbs.moreless
  • One of the first acting jobs of Calista Flockhart...

    I was very curious about this episode after noticing the year it was done and that Calista Flockhart was in it. It was very interesting to see her early in her career. Calista protrayed the character of Mary-Margaret wonderfully and it was odd to watch her after all the years of reading about her weight in all the tabloids.

    This could have ended up all sappy, but it was actually a good show about just what being bulimic is like for the bulimic and those around them. The fact that the character actually kept her vomit in the closet and then threw it away with the trash without anyone in her family knowing was astonishing to me. It also showed just how peer pressure can affect someone even after high school. It was pretty obvious that the main character would discover her friend's dead body (she died from anorexia) and then confront her own eating disorder, but it was still intriguing enough to keep my attention.

    Final Grade: B+


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