Starving to death
Video by: ABC News
Worksheet by: Amer Yacoub
Video title: Starving to Death
Work with a partner. Discuss the following questions.
- Do you think there is pressure on women to change their body shape? where does
the pressure come from?
- What body shape would young females prefer, and why?
- What methods would young females use to change their body shape?
- What is anorexia?
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View the video (Starving to death) then circle the letter of the best answer
to complete the sentences below.
1- At the beginning of the video a young female called Brittney is very sad and
crying because she...
a) wants to be thin.
b) is dying form anorexia.
c) is in pain.
2- The documentary, "Think" is about four young women who...
a) have been rejected from their families because they are anorexic.
b) like their body image and have developed anorexia.
c) do not like their body image and have developed anorexia.
3- The aim of the documentary is to show…
a) how some famous people such as celebrities suffer from anorexia .
b) the day to day suffering of anorexics.
c) what body shape young women prefer.
4- The producer of the documentary, Lauren Greenfield believes that anorexia
a) not something exciting even if some celebrities or magazines encourage it.
b) something exciting because some celebrities and magazines encourage it.
c) ok because it is a trend.
5- The treatment centre provides anorexics with …
a) food, home and a job.
b) food, sports and education.
c) family therapy, emotional group sessions etc.
6- Lauren Greenfield believes that the main reason why females have eating
a) the pressure from the society and media.
b) the shortage of food supply.
c) the-take-away and unhealthy food.
7- Lauren Greenfield said, "the body is becoming a very powerful vehicle for
women to use,” Lauren means that…
a) women like to drive fashionable cars.
b) women should be free to change their body image.
c) some women use their bodies to get what they want or to be successful.
8- According to the National Eating Disorders Association…
a) women have more eating disorders than men.
b) men have more eating disorder than women.
c) men do not suffer from anorexia.
9- Holley, who is one of the four anorexic patients, says that she has the bones
of a sixty-five year old women because she…
a) is sixty-five years old.
b) looks like a sixty-five year old women.
c) looks like a thirty-five year old women.
10- The four anorexic females want people to watch this documentary…
a) to discourage them from reading magazines or follow celebrities.
b) to encourage their kids to be thin.
c) to educate their kids about the bad effects of anorexia.
Post discussion questions:
- Why do you think women have more eating disorders than men?
- Would you actually starve or use any unsafe methods to lose weight?