Media Requests

If you are interested in any of the following, please email: media@b-eat.co.uk or the production company details provided

Media Requests

Roughcut TV

Roughcut TV are making a series of documentaries for BBC3 looking at issues affecting young people today and we want to talk about body image.

Whilst we will be looking at the well-publicised pressures on young women to look slim and beautiful, we also want to give young men a chance to tell us how body image and self esteem has been affecting them.

We want to talk to boys between the ages of 16 and 25 who suffer from anorexia, bulimia, body dysmorphia and exercise addiction and give the young men affected by these diseases a chance to discuss these issues from their point of view. If you have been affected, and would like to talk to us about your experiences, we would love to hear from you. 

We are currently in our research stage and want to speak to people with a wide range of views. All conversations will be confidential and there will be no obligation to take part in the documentary. If you are under the age of 18, we must have permission from your parent or guardian to speak with you.

Please DM or e mail only: Sophie at Sophie.Oliver@roughcut-tv.com or @RoughcutTVDocs

 

“No ‘m alright thanks!”

I hated those words; as my daughter fell into the hungry whirlwind of anorexia as I watched hopeless and dumb.

Theatre is a fantastic communicator; it used to be banned in times gone by when its ability to communicate ideas was feared. However I intend to harness that potential and to utilise the medium of theatre to communicate what it’s like to watch helpless as a loved one is overtaken by anorexia. 

My 21 year old daughter is currently battling anorexia. I have been appalled at the illness, it’s secrecy, it’s deceit, it’s manipulation, it’s heartlessness  and it’s monopolisation and destruction of everything that was at the heart of  her life. I have been dumbstruck at the lack of understanding by some in the care profession. I have cried and cried and hoped and prayed and got it wrong over and over again. 

I have chosen not to seek the responses of the anorexia sufferers for the purposes of the project as their words can be persuasive and I would not want in any way shape of form to promote the illness. My daughter said to me that anorexic thoughts and practices are learned and become second nature in an instant but unlearning them is  much more difficult and for some impossible. However the illness itself is still surrounded by gossip, scandal, and much whispering but little or no help , facts or guidance. I would like to seek and use the words of those who surround the anorexia sufferers to bring the truth of the illness into the public awareness and understanding.

I intend to use a form of theatre called verbatim theatre; this is a form in which the actors say and perform the words of those who have actually experienced an event . It is powerful and hard hitting. I am intending to create a 1 hour piece for theatre of film.   

To do this I would like to interview  you if you have supported someone through this illness. I would like to hear from anyone who is interested, whether the person that you are supporting is in the very early stages, whether you are hopeful as they are returning to their lives or whether you are in that dark place where you are worried about what the future will hold.  I would like to collect your story in whatever way suits you best; via email, or through face to face interview.  All information will be annonomised  but I would like to know age and gender and the length of the illness. 

Thank you for reading this and I do hope that you are interested in taking part. I have felt so hopeless throughout  my daughters illness, for me this is a way of trying to do something positive by raising awareness  My email address is ju-ool_s@tiscali.co.uk.  Thank you Julie

 

Channel 5 are looking for participants for a new documentary

 We are making a one hour feature documentary for Channel 5, looking at the way weight affects people’s relationships  Has your obsession with food or extreme eating habits resulted in the breakdown of your relationship?  If you have a story to tell about how you weight or food obsession has changed your relationship, please get in touch.

Email Sheena at Weightloss@iwcmedia.co.uk or fill in the following short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CD5YJ2K

 

Exercise addiction

I am a long time user and supporter of online resources for overcoming eating disorders, with a past history of anorexia and exercise addiction. Part of re-engaging in my life has involved writing and putting my education and profession to use. I worked as a personal fitness trainer for over a decade and now hold my masters in Counselling Psychology and work as a life coach internationally. I am writing to you to ask for your help in publishing a book about exercise addiction. During my struggles with this I found a severe lack of written information and support. Now, I want to start the wave of change, as I see more and more people struggling with some degree of abusive exercise, given today's focus on appearance and "health". 

  • What do you believe fuels/drives exercise addiction?
  • What personal methods have you used to hide exercise addiction?
  • Can you describe the pros and cons of exercise addiction?
  • How do you find information and resources about exercise addiction?
  • Have you found any tools to help you overcome exercise addition? If so, please tell me about them.
  • What  resources do you wish you could find to help you recover from exercise addiction, which you have been unable to find (support groups, therapists/medical doctors/treatment facilities/nutritionists specializing in exercise addiction, self-help books, etc)? 
  • Have you ever seen a doctor or therapist about exercise addiction  If so, please tell me about your experience.
  • Have you completely recovered from exercise addition? If so, would you be interested in being interviewed about your experience? 

If you would like to share your story with me or ask questions feel free to email me at crystal.stokes@gmail.com

 

Shine TV

SHINE TV is developing a new series that will explore the lives of people living with unusual eating habits, phobias and obsessions. 

Do your eating habits control your life? 

Do you have an extreme diet or a selective eating disorder? 

Do you feel ashamed, alone and misunderstood?

Does it affect your friends and family? 

Would you like to meet others with similar issues and address them together? 

If you are over 16 and this is you, or know someone who may be interested, please email casting@shine.tv 


BBC3 Documentary Series

 
I am working on a new BBC 3 documentary series being made by the award winning independent production company Silver River, documenting young people who have prematurely aged their bodies due to their lifestyle choices. This three part series will focus on alcohol, weight issues and drugs that are often associated with the club scene. The series is funded by BBC Learning and it aims to be informative for a young audience.


The episode that I am working on is looking at young people who have damaged their bodies due to their relationship with food and diet. The aim of the series is to present an insightful and intelligent look into how young people cope with the damage that they have done to their bodies – this could be living with Type 2 diabetes, suffering from osteoporosis or dental problems. The series is observational in nature, so we would follow the young people over the next few months, filming them periodically to achieve a snapshot of what it must be like to live their life. My main aim is to present an honest, non-judgmental look at an issue that causes no much negative thoughts and views in the national media. I am really keen to make a sensitive and thoughtful documentary series, giving voice to a group of young people out there who are feeling the impact of the day-to-day lives.


I am really keen to speak to anyone who would be able to offer an insight into their day to day lives.


My contact number is 0207 907 3466 and email is harjeet.chhokar@silverriver.tv

 

CHANNEL 4

betty are making a second series of the hit show Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners for Channel 4 and we are looking for people to take part. 

This primetime features series see a team of compulsive cleaners teach Britain’s most disorganised people some valuable lessons in housekeeping. Transforming their unkempt environments and creating order where there once was chaos. Are you obsessed with cleaning and do you spend hours a day dusting, polishing and vacuuming? Perhaps you are passionate about tidying? Are your socks colour-coded and your kitchen cupboards spotless? 

OR

 Is your home in need of a serious spring clean? Do you avoid housekeeping at all costs? Perhaps your living room is bursting with junk and clutter and you’re too embarrassed to have people around? If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch by calling 02079070892 or email clean@betty.co.uk 

Calls to this number will be charged at your local rate, mobiles may vary. Betty will use any information provided by you only for the purposes of selecting participants for the programme and will only share information with the broadcaster and any independent contractors involved in the programme. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to answer all applicants individually. Please note, no anonymous nominations allowed.

WALL TO WALL - BBC Documentary

Well-known factual production company Wall to Wall, makers of respected shows such as Who Do You Think You Are, Goodnight Britain and Long Lost Family, would like to make contact with anyone (18 years old and over) who would be happy to share their story regarding their issues with food - be it SED, phobias, orthorexia, addictions...for a potential new BBC factual series. All information would be treated with sensitivity and confidentiality. To be clear, this is an initial research stage, not a filming stage. Mel Walden can be contacted on foodcompulsions@walltowall.co.uk or on 020 3301 7875. Many thanks!

SUNDAY EXPRESS

I’m wondering if you can help with a feature I’m writing for the Sunday Express S Magazine?We’re doing a piece about anorexia in middle aged women, pointing out that it’s not just a young person’s disease and that increasing numbers of older women are seeking help. This will be a positive piece with plenty of information for women about where to find help.

We also want to speak to a woman who developed the disease from the age of 35 up who would be willing to talk to us about her experience and how she recovered or is recovering. She would need to be willing to be photographed for the piece, too.

I appreciate that many women will feel too vulnerable to talk to me, but I’m hoping that someone who is, perhaps, partially or fully recovered will be willing to speak out and get the message across to other women with the disease.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Emma Burstall,

Author and Journalist,

Mobile: 07939 207993

Phone: 020 8549 4066

emmaburstall@blueyonder.co.uk

 

BBC DOCUMENTARY ABOUT PREGNANCY AND EATING DISORDERS

Hello, I'm a producer in BBC documentaries and I'm doing some research for a documentary about pregnancy and eating disorders. 

This is a subject that has not received much coverage and we're hoping that with a sensitive and intelligent film we will be able to shine some light on this often taboo subject. 

I’m hoping to speak to women who are pregnant, considering pregnancy or have recently had a baby who have also been affected by eating disorders either now or in the past.

Our hope is to explore some of the issues and stories around this area and so would be keen to speak to people who might be able to help us with our research.

Any conversation at this stage would be in complete confidence and there would be no obligation to appear in the film. 

Please do get in touch if you would like to have a chat about this I can be contacted on 0208 008 0356, or laura.martin-robinson@bbc.co.uk and I would be happy to tell you more. 

 

Young People with eating disorders

We are doing some preliminary research into a documentary about eating disorders in young children. This subject is complex and sensitive and often misunderstood which is why we’d love to speak to real people about the issues they are facing.

At this stage we just want to talk to people who are affected by this in some way. Perhaps you know someone this has affected,  or are a parent to a sufferer or a sufferer yourself. We would love to have a conversation, in the strictest confidence, about your experience with the assurance that there is absolutely no obligation this information would go any further.

! All information will be dealt with sensitively and in the strictest confidence.

If you want to get in touch please email Emma at emmag@minnowfilms.co.uk

Thank you.

Have you had difficulties around food but not necessarily developed an eating disorder?

Freshone Productions are looking for people aged between 11 and 15 who can talk about having a difficult relationship with food and/or body image, for a commissioned documentary series exploring the diet and weight-loss industry. You do not necessarily have to have or be recovering from a serious eating disorder; Freshone would like to talk to any children (and their families) who have experienced problems with food, such as obsessive calorie counting, preoccupation with eating the ‘right’ foods or low-fat foods, unhealthy worries about wanting to be thin, or going on a diet at a young age. 

All information will be kept strictly confidential and by talking to Julia, or the team, there is no obligation to take part or be filmed. Please call Julia on 07870 207798 or email Julia.kirby-smith@freshone.tv

 

BBC Documentary on bone density issues

Silver River Productions are looking for people aged between 16-32 who have low bone density as a result of their eating disorder for a documentary which explores aspects of young peoples' lives.

All information will be kept strictly confidential and by talking to him, or the team, there is no obligation to take part or be filmed.

Call or email:  020 7307 2733    charlie.pheby@silverriver.tv

Documentary on Pica

I am developing a programme for Channel 4 about people suffering from Pica and I would be very interested to speak to anyone who eats strange, non-food items such as plaster, sponges or cleaning products. It may be that you have kept your eating habits hidden from your family; or you are pregnant and have just developed unusual cravings; or perhaps your child suffers from Pica. At this stage, I am simply interested in finding out more about what it is like to have this disorder and how it is affecting your life. Any conversation would be confidential and there’s no obligation to appear in the programme.

You can contact me at: rachael.swindale@arrowmedia.com

 

Documentary on food addiction

North One Television is currently developing a new series in which we’re hoping to speak to people who need help with overcoming food addiction.

We are keen to speak to people who have been affected by an addiction to a singular type of food and are looking for help in overcoming this addiction. We will be working with some of the UK’s leading experts in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy to offer free guidance and support to all contributors.

All enquiries will be dealt with confidentially. If you would like to discuss this in further detail please contact tom.norton@northonetv.com or call 0121 697 1942.

Diet Pills

Pioneer Productions are currently producing a two part science documentary for the BBC about body image. The series will feature real-life stories and cutting edge CGI to explore the ways in which people choose to change their bodies from losing weight and bulking up to cosmetic surgery and tanning.

We would like to hear from young people who have used diet pills in the past and their experience of them positive or negative. If you feel you would be happy talking about your experience, please do get in touch. Any conversation would be in complete confidence, at this stage you are not making any obligation to appear in the film; it would just be an informal chat.

I can be contacted at Kwabena.oppong@pioneertv.com or on 07908218919 to answer any questions you may have and let you know more about the programme.

BBC Documentary on Body Image and comfort eating

Pioneer Productions are currently producing a two part science documentary for the BBC about body image.  The series will feature real-life stories and cutting edge CGI to explore the ways in which people view their bodies.

We want to explore the psychological issues behind eating disorders and we would like to hear from people who feel that they may have suffered some form of comfort eating. If you feel you would be happy talking about your experience, please do get in touch. Any conversation would be in complete confidence, at this stage you are not making any obligation to appear in the film; it would just be an informal chat.

I can be contacted at carolyn.wells@pioneertv.com or 0207 258 6876 to answer any questions you may have and let you know more about the programme.

Carolyn Wells

www.pioneertv.com

Channel 4 are looking for people who would be interested in participating in The Food Hospital series.

The successful ground-breaking Channel 4 series exploring the potential health benefits of food in treating a wide range of illnesses and ailments returns for a new series.

Are you a serial dieter always trying the latest diet?

Are you addicted to a certain food or drink?

Do you live off junk food?

Do you replace calories from food with calories from alcohol?

Are you willing to follow a scientifically devised diet

which might help to improve your conditions and / or symptoms?

Our team of medical experts, including a GP, a specialist medical Consultant and a leading Dietitian will work closely with the patients to devise individual diets targeted at their particular condition and will monitor their progress.

Please get in touch for more information.

Call Becky on 020 7907 0260 or email becky.casey@betty.co.uk

Your experiences

Have you had experience of any of the following combined with an eating disorder that you would be prepared to share?

~          Autism

~          Osteoporosis

~          Diabetes

We welcome people who wish to help others by raising awareness through the media.  If you feel this might be of interest please complete the questionnaire on the ‘Share Your Story’ section in the Media Centre or email:  media@b-eat.co.uk 

If you would like more information please contact Mary George, Beat Press Officer on 0300 123 7061

Channel 4 are looking for people who would be interested in participating in The Food Hospital series. The successful ground-breaking Channel 4 series exploring the potential health benefits of food in treating a wide range of illnesses and ailments returns for a new series.

Do you eat large amounts of ice or non-food items like chalk, soil or metal frequently (also known as pica syndrome)?

Would you be interested in finding out why?

Are you willing to follow a scientifically devised diet, which might help to improve your condition?

Our team of medical experts, including a GP, a specialist medical Consultant and a leading Dietitian will work closely with the patients to devise individual diets targeted at their particular condition and will monitor their progress.

Please get in touch for more information.

Call Emma on 02072900660 or email ‘PICA’ with your contact details and a line about yourself foodhospital@betty.co.uk

Body Image Photography Project

I am an internationally renowned social documentary photographer. My projects have for the most part focused on young people. I have produced various series about Teenage Parents, Young Carers, Transgender youth and other connected projects. (My website is www.michellesank.com)

My new project is about body image and young people who struggle with this. I am interested in telling these stories to enable a greater understanding about eating disorders and the struggle people have to go through. Through this work I hope to reduce the social stigma as well as providing a common support network for both young people and their families.

The work I produce stays within the documentary field and the images are used in a socially relevant context. For example, my Young Carers images have been used in a conference on Social Care within communities. I do not sell work to newspapers or stock libraries so am in control of how the images are used. As an artist the work can from time to time form part of related art exhibitions or art publications.

“I am always interested in portraying the human side in my images. I work very much on a give and take relationship with my subjects where their dignity is of the utmost importance to me”

If you are interested in working with me please contact me at michelle@michellesank.com

Programme for Channel 4

 Cineflix is producing a Channel 4 documentary aimed at tackling stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues, specifically in the work place. Despite the fact that 1 in 4 people are affected by mental health issues in their lifetime many of these still feel they are not able to disclose this to their colleagues.

We are looking for people whose lives have been touched by a mental health issue; either by having experienced it themselves, or through the experiences of close friends or family.

Ideally all our contributors will be working or actively seeking work.

If you think that this is something that would be of interest to you, or you would simply like more information, then please do get in touch either via email mentalhealth@cineflix.com or call our team on 0203 179 0097

Obesity

Many people are unaware that Obesity can also be categorised as an eating disorder.  Not enough emphasis is placed on the emotions that people who have weight concerns struggle with.  Beat supports a significant number of people who are overweight or obese.  We would welcome contact from individuals who have experience of overeating in order to support them and to ask if they might consider supporting our work by speaking publicly – through the media – about their difficulties.

Fertility Issues

There is currently interest in fertility issues around eating disorders.  If you have been affected - have had to seek fertility treatment in order to conceive, or have tried for a considerable amount of time for a family - or have any other similar experiences and are prepared to talk about it, contact Beat.  

Gastric Band Surgery

Have you had gastric band surgery?  If so, and you would be willing to talk about it please email media@b-eat.co.uk  with some background, your age, when and why you had the surgery and a telephone contact number.

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