Zara McDermott’s new documentary project, Zara McDermott: Disordered Eating (w/t), has been announced by BBC Three. The programme tackles the massive rise in eating disorders among children and young adults.
Eating disorders, as defined by eating disorder organisations, can take many forms, including undereating or overeating, excessive exercise, a focus on beauty, and anxiety around mealtimes, among others.
Hospital admissions for youngsters aged 17 and younger with eating disorders increased by more than 40% between April and October 2021, raising concerns that social media may be exacerbating the problem. The impact of social media will be explored in depth in this film, as well as interviews with young people who are living with disordered eating and those in recovery.
Zara says: “I feel honoured to be making my third documentary with BBC Three and bringing visibility to this complex subject. The stats regarding eating disorders are shocking and I’m keen to explore reasons behind the rise. While I use my own social platform to share my personal lifestyle, I am keen to understand more about this topic and the impact of social media to educate both myself and others on how we can all do better and be more aware of our digital output. Crucially, I hope this film brings wider awareness and understanding to something that severely affects children and young adults.”
Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three, says: “Zara has emerged as brilliant new presenting talent for BBC Three who approaches every subject she covers with honesty and integrity. Disordered eating is a very sensitive area that overwhelmingly effects the audience we are trying to reach. We promise that we will approach the subject with the care and rigour it deserves and we hope the result is a film that can really make a difference.”
This is Zara McDermott’s third documentary with BBC Three following her films on Revenge Porn and Rape Culture.
Zara McDermott: Disordered Eating is 1 x 60 documentary made by Summer Films. It was commissioned by Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three and Clare Sillery, Head of Documentaries. The commissioning editor for the BBC is Max Gogarty. The Executive Producers for Summer Films are Lucy Hillman and Sam Whittaker and it is directed by Ellie Merz.