Black Swan tagged “Eating Disorder Pornography”

For their roles in Darren Aronofsky’s new film, Black Swan, both Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis each reduced their body weights by about 20 pounds even though both actresses were very petite to begin with. In the movie, Ms. Portman’s character, prima ballerina and Swan Queen Nina Sayers, shows signs and symptoms of both anorexia and bulimia. Sadly, the movie has already inspired a “Black Swan Diet” and appears to be providing role models for unhealthy behaviors. The movie has been labeled “eating disorder porn” by EatingDisordersOnline.com

As reported by Kate Torgovnick of The Frisky, a number of pro-anorexia web sites have begun to use Black Swan as a marketing vehicle. These include

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Ms. Kunis (pictured right), who played the title character Lily, The Black Swan, said she was “grossed out” by her body in the movie referring to her appearance as “Gollum in a tutu.” She said it took her 5 months to drop down to 95 pounds but only five days to gain it all back.

Ms. Portman’s post-Swan diet was carbs, carbs, carbs ” just pasta and bread and pizza all the time.”

Recently Portia De Rossi, actress and wife of comedienne Ellen Degeneres,  gave a very emotional interview to Oprah about her past history of and struggles with anorexia.  Scientific studies have shown that anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disease in part because the condition is frequently associated with other forms of psychological illness and is frequently under-treated.

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Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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