No Numbers: Identity beyond measure
DirectorsDena Ashbaugh Sonja Ruebsaat
ProducersDena Ashbaugh Sonja Ruebsaat
SubjectsHealth Pop Culture Social Sciences
- Release Date 2009
- Running Time Various
- Closed Captions Yes
- Availability Canada
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Living in a society that is heavily dominated by capitalist narratives and media values makes many feel like they don't quite measure up. As a model and actor, Dena Ashbaugh has battled eating disorders for many years and is particularly media savvy. She and other individuals share their stories in this examination of the general sense of "dis-ease" in a society where dissatisfaction with self-image is increasingly becoming the norm.
Three women use film to move away from the self-destructive practices of disordered eating toward those that are self creating. They rediscover values in life that move beyond inches, weight, and other measures that society too often champions as benchmarks for success. Treatment for eating disorders often fails to break out of this numbers game, resulting in frustratingly low recovery rates and unacceptably high mortality. The stories of recovery by the three women in No Numbers, although personal, are inescapably connected to society and thus to the community as a whole.
Discussion guide available: No_Numbers_discussion_guide.pdf
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