On Eating Disorders

“She start losing weight before collage, we all thought was a positive thing, nobody actually knew what was really going on” – Tommy, Cammy’s brother. In the picture a still-life photograph of Cammy’s scale at her parent’s house. Chattanooga, Tennessee, 2013.

Note: the background of this image has being altered with photoshop.

This is the story of the Robinson family – and the aftermath suffered in losing their 26 year old daughter to bulimia. Working closely with the family Laia Abril reconstructs Cammy’s life telling her story through flashbacks – memories, testimonies, objects, letters, places and images. The Epilogue gives voice to the suffering of the family, the indirect victims of ‘eating disorders’, the unwilling eyewitnesses of a very painful degeneration. Laia Abril shows us the dilemmas and struggles confronted by many young girls; the problems families face in dealing with guilt and the grieving process; the frustration of close friends and the dark ghosts of this deadliest of illnesses; all blended together in the bittersweet act of remembering a loved one.

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