Marley Rose, cast member on the Fox TV show Glee

Each week, many of Walden’s adolescent clients faithfully watch the Fox TV show Glee.  Glee is a musical comedy about a group of ambitious and talented kids who escape the harsh realities of high school by joining a glee club where they find strength, acceptance and, ultimately, their “voice,” according to the shows website.  In it’s fourth season, Glee has brought to light many common issues teenagers deal with such as peer pressure, heart break and the overwhelming need to fit in.  This season, the program addressed the topic of eating disorders when the character Marley Rose develops bulimia and faints during an audition.

As you can imagine, during this episode and the episodes that followed, many of Walden’s adolescent clients where glued to the TV to see how the show would portray a disease that in many cases has taken away their time from friends, activities and daily teenage experiences. Unfortunately, they were disappointed.  For this reason, they raised their “voices” and wrote anonymous letters to the Glee writers and producers to express their concerns.

In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we thought it was important to post their letters on our blog throughout the week.  We hope that our clients words will inspire you to raise your own “voice” to promote eating disorder awareness this week and throughout the year.

Click the links below to view the letters:

1. Teen Voices Concern Over Shows Portrayal of ED

2. Teen Frustrated Over TV Characters Speedy ED Recovery

3. Adolescents Send a Clear Message to the TV Show Glee – ED Is No Joke!

4. Adolescent Schools Glee Writers About The Pain ED Causes