Monday, November 07, 2011

Special Screening of New Film "America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments" Held in Denver

Timberline Knolls and Filmmaker Darryl Roberts Bring Documentary About America's Obsession with Dieting to Healthcare Professionals and Community


/PRNewswire/ -- Is America obsessed with dieting? This thought-provoking question will be explored and exposed in the compelling new documentary, "America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments" by director Darryl Roberts.
Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center is hosting a free special screening of Roberts' new film. The event will be held from 6:30 – 10 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2011, at the Denver Film Society's Filmcenter/Colfax, 2510 East Colfax.  The event, free and open to the public, will offer complimentary hors d'oeuvres and refreshments as well as a panel discussion of eating disorder experts post screening.  Kim Dennis, MD, medical director of Timberline Knolls, is featured in the film.

"Timberline Knolls is committed to eating disorder education and awareness", said James Gresham, chairman and CEO of Timberline Knolls.  "Supporting this film is one more way we can keep the public informed and hopefully help prevent these devastating disorders."
Roberts is an award-winning director who created the noteworthy documentary "America the Beautiful" in 2008 that focused on our country's obsession with beauty and thinness.  His new film examines the cause of our country's obsession with dieting and weighs in on the raging battle between doctors who say fat is healthy versus those who disagree.  The film offers a passionate and sometimes humorous documentation of the battle to be thin.

"It's becoming bigger than I imagined," said Roberts about the film's popularity since its recent debut in New York and Los Angeles.  "Initially people in Hollywood told me that a film challenging the conventional use of BMI would never be accepted because everyone uses BMI for health and weight measurement.  Because of the sold-out premieres, the industry is softening its position. My new film is all about starting the dialogue of ways we all can lead a healthy lifestyle. I don't have all of the answers, but as a filmmaker my job is to start the discussion."

"Join me as I set out to expose organizations, companies and government officials that are acting in a manner that sets us back in the health debate," adds Roberts. "We can be healthy at a wide variety of sizes and as you'll see in the film, I'm proof of that."
How can the media play a positive role in creating awareness of eating disorders?

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