While wars are going on all over the world and countries fight each other with soldiers, a large group of especially young people are fighting a completely different war. A war against themselves.
In the small village Malawa in the south of Poland, every year a little yellow house is settled with struggling young boys and girls, getting treatment and trying to get well enough to at one point go back to a normal life. I spent a summer at the treatment house trying to capture what happens when an eating disorder possesses your mind. With my camera as my tool I discovered that anorexia and bulimia has little to do with the actual body but much more to do with control and perfection.
Agata (17) has suffered from anorexia for the last two years. "It all started in biology where we were taught about healthy food and calories. I felt isolated and had trouble talking about my feelings. For some reason I thought losing weight would help me make new friends. And then it slowly started: I liked the control I felt after losing my first three kilos. I liked the feeling of hunger - it made me feel so strong. Never before had I lied to my parents, but quickly I was involved with a whole cavalcade of lies and stories."
Ania (16) is in her room that she shares with two of the other girls. "I actually had no idea that they photoshopped the models in magazines - or that people from Hollywood often had had plastic surgery. Now I've realized that the people I wanted to look like weren't even real".
Breakfast is the only meal where the girls can choose what they eat. Kaia struggles with choosing which toppings to put on her yogurt.