The statistics around eating disorders are startling and scary, to say the least. It has become an epidemic, taking the lives of otherwise healthy people.
In the 1997 television movie, Perfect Body, Andie Bradley (Amy Jo Johnson) has only one dream: to be a part of the Olympic American gymnastics team. She gets her shot when David Blair (Brett Cullen), a respected gymnastics coach, agrees to work with her. On top of the pressure to train, Andie is also receiving pressure to lose weight. At first, she tries dieting, but that is not enough. Then her one of team mates shows her another way to lose the weight. Sure, it’s easier, but in the end, it may be Andie’s undoing.
While having the main character as a gymnast with dreams of going to the Olympics is a little too predictable, the movie overall is not that bad. The message about eating disorders is cloaked in such a manner that the audience forgets that there is a lesson and a warning underneath the narrative.
Do I recommend it? Yes.