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Nancy Kerrigan to Executive Produce Eating Disorder Documentary
May 2, 2016
Two-time Olympic figure skating medalist Nancy Kerrigan announced today that she will executive produce and appear in a feature-length documentary about the connection between athletes and eating disorders.
It is a subject close to Kerrigan, who has witnessed the difficulties and pressures faced by athletes in so-called "lean" sports such as figure skating. Kerrigan has spoken about struggles of her own around eating issues during the 1994 Olympics.
"This is an important topic that goes largely under the radar," said Kerrigan. "I have seen this issue rear its head as an athlete and now see it as the mother of a young gymnast and ballerina. This film will help to bring this conversation into the mainstream and hopefully encourage coaches, parents and athletes to better communicate about fitness, training, diet and self esteem."
Why Don’t You Lose 5 Pounds? will document the struggle athletes at all levels of competition face in returning to competition after being diagnosed with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. Despite affecting more athletes than concussions, eating disorders get relatively little attention in the popular sports world. Eating disorders kill more people annually than any other mental illness, and many athletes find themselves at a higher risk for a problem.
The film is being produced by Lawrence, Kansas-based Through A Glass Productions. The company has found success with documentaries dealing with critical modern issues such as capital punishment in There Will Be No Stay and American education funding in Spiral Bound.
Why Don’t You Lose 5 Pounds? will feature stories from Olympic, collegiate, and high school athletes, as well as coaches and judges. The film will take a deep look at the power of sports culture and what happens when that power enables a lethal mental disease.
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Through A Glass Productions
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