Event Summary: Shredded Screening

On February 19, 2013, WGH and the Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (STRIPED) co-sponsored a screening of the documentary “Shredded” by Richard Gaudio and Douglas Taplin. The film followed a group of teenage boys as they try to emulate the muscular physique of their media heroes and exposes the lengths that they will go to do so. The filmmakers offer a candid portrait of the physical, mental, financial, and social consequences of unrealistic appearance pressures and fear of fat in the lives of teenage boys. The screening was followed by a thought-provoking discussion moderated by WGH/STRIPED faculty member Jerel Calzo and MPH student Matias Irarrazaval on the distinctions between healthful physical activity and disorder, potential risk factors, and implications for research and prevention.