The Eating Disorder Episode of Lizzie McGuire Wasn't the Best

  • Ajoutée 19 mars 2019
  • In this video I discuss an episode of Lizzie McGuire where Miranda an issue with food, and decide whether or not it's a good portrayal.
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  • PushingUpRoses
    PushingUpRoses  Il y a 3 mois +1293

    So this video got auto flagged as unsuitable; I'm currently trying to get it resolved. Thank you for watching and supporting.

    • kittysplode
      kittysplode Il y a 2 mois

      so i learned that you're a man P:'

    • jspeedy
      jspeedy Il y a 2 mois


    • planescaped
      planescaped Il y a 3 mois

      @Ash Kitt Suicide attempt and drug addiction.

    • merlyn florez
      merlyn florez Il y a 3 mois

      Why???? This is an important topic people need to understand

    • MasterZebulin
      MasterZebulin Il y a 3 mois

      @Pennywistful When will we plot a massive protest and force FRclip to stop this bullhonky once and for all?

  • darkcoeficient
    darkcoeficient Il y a 3 jours

    Gordo is used as a nickname even on thin people so not unfortunate.

  • Ilan Smolders
    Ilan Smolders Il y a 6 jours

    sending love to you for dealing with bulimia

  • Starslikediamonds
    Starslikediamonds Il y a 7 jours

    Disordered eating isn't always the same as an eating disorder. The show never used that word. I think for the age group it was intended for, they did well with portraying that sometimes people struggle with their bodies and experience pressure, but that it's important to try to maintain healthy habits and reach out for help when you or someone you care about is struggling, even if they get defensive.

  • Fakan
    Fakan Il y a 19 jours

    I was always more of a "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide" kind of guy, a show which did address a lot of kids' issues in a well-thought out way. They didn't cover eating disorders, but they did cover being self-conscious about appearance several times and emphasized talking to trusted adults for help very often.

  • Sam Podbereski
    Sam Podbereski Il y a 22 jours

    Sorry if this has been mentioned in another comment, but are you aware of the Shake It Up episode (106) where they make an anorexia joke? It caused some controversy.

  • Jeff Maesar
    Jeff Maesar Il y a 25 jours

    i dont think i have a BBD but i have a strong problem with food and boulimia :( but still that friggin awesome to see people on internet raising awarness about mental illness and disorder.
    Thank you PUR :D you rock.

  • GamingGuru 579
    GamingGuru 579 Il y a 27 jours

    I’m sorry that stuff happened Roses just your beautiful no matter what

  • Sean Deangelis
    Sean Deangelis Il y a mois

    You're gorgeous kid. Just a 2 cent opinion hurled your way

    • Ilan Smolders
      Ilan Smolders Il y a 6 jours

      and like the cent, your comment isn't worth keeping and should be melted

  • Jimmy Pop
    Jimmy Pop Il y a mois +1

    bad episode lol

  • Brittany Fitzgerald
    Brittany Fitzgerald Il y a mois

    speaking of 2000s disney channel, does anyone else remember the truly dire episode of the suite life of zack and cody where london and maddy got "eating disorders" because of a fashion show?

  • Emily Telfer
    Emily Telfer Il y a mois

    This show was meant for pre teens. It can’t be too distressing also considering that it’s afternoon television. It touched on the topic so introduces kids to the idea. I think they did a good job with it all around.

  • Yukito Tsukishiro
    Yukito Tsukishiro Il y a mois

    Your choice of background music for your videos is exquisite. * Italian Chef Kiss *

  • James Rininger
    James Rininger Il y a mois

    I remember this painting subplot, but not the eating disorder plot.

  • Sunspot Mill
    Sunspot Mill Il y a 2 mois

    Good video and points. I actually remember this episode as a young preteen and found this topic quite memorable. The episode premiered around the right time when eating disorders and body images are starting to become a huge issue especially among adolescent girls. All thanks to the media, fashion magazines, peer pressure, and standards of beauty. The show's heart was certainly in the right place when they tried to address the topic for kids and those on the verge of puberty. I thought it mostly done a good job in that regards and Lizzie McGuire was probably one of the few earlier kids' show to ever address eating disorder as an issue at all. Although I also agree do a bit about Miranda in the end who cites parental and school pressure as part of the main driving force behind her disorder. Unless she allows the pressure of both to change her eating habits (things like 'stress eating' and a low self-esteem that would allow Gordo's earlier remark to make a lot sense and for Miranda to start feeling anymore weight conscious related to the music video). The pointless Matt subplot was probably done there to make the episode feel less serious or unnerving for kids.

  • MLC
    MLC Il y a 2 mois

    The only thing I know about that show is that the mom is Lal from TNG. A quick Google search also reveals that she was on more than one episode of Murder She Wrote!

  • eva Kay
    eva Kay Il y a 2 mois +1

    Have you seen the brace face episode on eating disorders I found it very relatable

  • Jenn
    Jenn Il y a 2 mois

    I remember watching this episode when I was in elementary school and I really liked it. It was targeted at kids, and I think it was well done for the time. It got the point across without being too depressing and I definitely learned some shit. These topics were handled differently back then so I don't think it's fair to bash it from a 2019 point of view. I don't recall any other Disney shows at that time handling that issue so I was impressed. Same idea with that one episode of Smart Guy that handled the child molester issue, I still remember it and it taught me some real shit even though it was only one episode.

  • Jesse Willey
    Jesse Willey Il y a 2 mois

    It's a hell of a lot better than the Full House episode.

  • Caitlyn Staples
    Caitlyn Staples Il y a 2 mois +1

    I will a popstar like Michael Jackson

  • Caitlyn Staples
    Caitlyn Staples Il y a 2 mois +1

    Lizzie McGuire is the best

  • elitheshork boi
    elitheshork boi Il y a 2 mois

    Degrassi (The Next Generation) has a really good few episodes on anorexia in season 3, but like lizzie mcguire, they probably could've had the plotline go for longer in the series, as they had with other characters with mental illnesses in multiple seasons.

  • lewandowska
    lewandowska Il y a 2 mois

    How did I not see this video until a month later?? What the hell?! Oh well... at least I have a new PUR video to watch🖤💜

  • Christina Kritch
    Christina Kritch Il y a 2 mois

    And YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! Inside and out! ❤❌⭕❌⭕❗

  • Blue Coyote
    Blue Coyote Il y a 2 mois

    As someone who watched the show at the time despite being in my 20s and as someone who remembered the famous Full House episode about DJ, I thought the show was at least being by trying to take on something serious as previous generations of shows might. To me the actual focus was mis-labeled perhaps. As someone with learning and emotional disabilities, I do tend to hone in on when I see evidence of things out of place in regards to a mental mindset. So to me, it seems clear, the real focus should have been on her feeling of loss of control of which the temporary eating concern was only a result. However I do know that I was looking at it as an adult and not of the actual demographic of the show and probably was padding out in my mind the scenario.

  • Momma Mia
    Momma Mia Il y a 2 mois

    I found this episode really personal as well. I struggle to understand why people say that I am beautiful. Thank you for posting.

  • Southern Oregon Cat Mom
    Southern Oregon Cat Mom Il y a 2 mois

    Well done and thank you for sharing your struggles.

  • Patrick Lauer
    Patrick Lauer Il y a 2 mois

    I didn’t like this show ether the only reason why I watched it was because there was nothing on lol

  • The Raw Truth
    The Raw Truth Il y a 2 mois

    can you react to the Degrassi episode about ED? it goes a bit more in depth than this show and is definitely more realistic although they missed the mark on a lot as well. would love to see what you have to say about it!

  • The Raw Truth
    The Raw Truth Il y a 2 mois

    wishing you the best with your body dysmorphia hope you come to find your beauty shine from the inside out.

  • trash kifla
    trash kifla Il y a 2 mois

    What's the music in the background?

  • GSM22
    GSM22 Il y a 2 mois

    See how that black kid looked confused when Matt's mom said it was okay that's because if it was his family hed get smacked into last week

  • Yukizboy
    Yukizboy Il y a 3 mois

    I remember when Boy Meets World had an eating disorder episode, but then damn... that show had a lot of eps that dealt with heavy stuff. My fav show back then was The Secret World of Alex Mack.

  • Xela
    Xela Il y a 3 mois

    Another Disney show, The Famous Jett Jackson had a episode about bulimia that I think handled it much better than Lizzie McGuire did with Miranda's eating disorder, and yet came out around the same time. I'd look into that one if you wanna do a comparative video.
    This was wonderful to watch, thank you for posting it, as seeing part of the BDD website at the end showed me that I have a behavior that might fall under BDD, so I'm interested into looking more into it.

  • Shawny Boo
    Shawny Boo Il y a 3 mois

    I struggled with an eating disorder from the ages 13-19. I understand that things are not portrayed perfectly on this show, but it’s a show for young kids on a family friendly network, it can’t be too dark of an episode.
    The fact that they even made an episode about eating disorders is great, because it’s something that is real. Disney used to use some great, important topics in their older shows. That’s So Raven did episodes about body image and racism. You would never find that stuff on Disney Channel today. So i applaud them for this episode, personally

  • Krystal Hooper
    Krystal Hooper Il y a 3 mois

    Your elementary school handwriting was amazing

  • Eric Ryder
    Eric Ryder Il y a 3 mois +1

    There was an episode of Full House where DJ suffers from an eating disorder explained a bit better.

  • trafficandtransit
    trafficandtransit Il y a 3 mois


  • Sarah Sherman
    Sarah Sherman Il y a 3 mois

    While there are definitely problems with this episode, we should do our best to remember that it aired about 15 years ago.

  • Troy Reyes
    Troy Reyes Il y a 3 mois

    Lizzie's mom's glasses are really stupid.

  • Ella Hammersnush
    Ella Hammersnush Il y a 3 mois

    anyone watched dance academy? kat also had an eating disorder and they focused on it for several episodes

  • Hannah Lee
    Hannah Lee Il y a 3 mois

    I remember watching lizzie mcguire as a kid but i dont remember many episodes because i was so young. When i was 13 i developed anorexia. Well I had no memory of this episode or even heard anything of it. Now i remember one night when I was 13 i was sleeping by my best friend's house who ive known for years. But we were watching disney because at the time they were playing their older shows late at night. So she fell asleep and I couldnt sleep and this episode came on and honestly i felt attacked and shocked disney made it, but I thought it was good. It made me feel less alone I guess. Personally I like this episode. I think it is good for preteens and younger. I was like 4 or 6 when the show was on, but for someone a bit older but who is still a child i personally think it's a good way to introduce kids to the topic without mortifying them. If it were lizzy who had the ED and you saw her perspective it would be awful to introduce into a young kids head all the suffering that will happen. You wont hear these thoughts they have and want to repeat them. I like how it wasnt glorified. It showed the kids "hey if you know someone like this talk to an adult and try to help them" because it shows kids catch it early. I often wonder if I had friends who did something about it what would have happened. My friends knew what I was doing. I was extremely overweight so it was all compliments but then it divulged into "you dont eat why are you losing weight so fast please eat". like maybe if someone spoke out within the first month when i slipped into it and went from bringing a normal lunch to eating two blueberries. How i stopped talking with everyone. How rumors went around middle school. Like maybe if someone spoke up and saw early enough maybe I would've been able to make a full recovery. Im 17 now, 18 in a few months. Ive been in and out of recovery. Gained a healthy amount of weight but still i relapse every 2 months or less for big chunks of time until i get more meds. Idk if it did much but honestly i think it could've impacted someones life for the better

  • Chris Crissey
    Chris Crissey Il y a 3 mois

    You are beautiful and it's very cool you bring awareness to this and share your personal experience. It's great you can be brave enough to not only explore, but also share and even film it. :)
    Maybe they missed an opportunity for the younger brother to paint a picture of Miranda and then she can more easily see her beauty and worth.... Kind of see herself in a different light, that would tie into the whole inner beauty title ?

  • Pp Poopooman
    Pp Poopooman Il y a 3 mois

    MAnnN thAs A CuUul SKuLl

  • Rachel Naylor
    Rachel Naylor Il y a 3 mois

    Watching again to help out.

  • Tamsin
    Tamsin Il y a 3 mois +1

    Me and my sister used to hate Matt so much. Literally the most annoying and weird part of Lizzie Macguire lol

  • Jacob M
    Jacob M Il y a 3 mois

    Another great video! Always happy to watch more PushingUpRoses

  • DrawciaGleam02
    DrawciaGleam02 Il y a 3 mois

    I don't know about the painted car; that's very ambitious for a kid that young! I would taken pictures of the painted car in hopes that my kid could use it in his art portfolio. But that's just me.

  • Elizabeth Mcfly
    Elizabeth Mcfly Il y a 3 mois

    Every sitcom episode has a subplot, but good points!

  • Novak Fam
    Novak Fam Il y a 3 mois

    In defence of the show it is geared towards children and still needs to be child appropriate

  • MissLEAHneous —
    MissLEAHneous — Il y a 3 mois +1

    Kinda related but In spanish (at least in Colombia) we call men "gordo" as an endearing nickname. I call my dad Gordo sometimes and he likes it.

  • J.R. Cillian Green
    J.R. Cillian Green Il y a 3 mois

    I would be interested to see your opinions on the Degrassi plot arcs that deal with the same thing.

  • TinyPandaRed
    TinyPandaRed Il y a 3 mois

    Lol, I was obsessed with Lizzie Mcguire as a kid. It was the one girly thing I was actually into.

  • 91Rapunzel
    91Rapunzel Il y a 3 mois +1

    Good analysis. I remember when I first saw this episode. I thought t as probably a good start to get kids thinking about some of these issues, but at the end when Lizzie and Gordo simply explain why Miranda shouldn’t do that, she’s like “Oh you’re right” and everything is fixed, and I remember thinking, I’m pretty sure it would take a longer time than that and not be quite so simple. But I realize it’s a lighter show with limited time.

  • A Girl Online
    A Girl Online Il y a 3 mois +3

    Omg I used to love the outfits in Lizzie McGuire

  • Ava Lin
    Ava Lin Il y a 3 mois

    There is an eating disorder episode in Braceface that came arround the same time as LM and was also for preteens

  • Gizmo !
    Gizmo ! Il y a 3 mois

    my partner always talks about your channel so i put this on right away when i saw it in my recommended and now i see why!
    also as someone who was a big fan of the series (and that one movie where they went to Italy on a class trip) this just........does not hold up now that i'm an adult.

  • PenguinDan
    PenguinDan Il y a 3 mois +2

    I really appreciate how constructive and analytical this video was. I'm glad that you are able to use your own experiences to give your arguments weight but also to reach out and give valuable insight to a very delicate topic. It's rare to see a video like this that isn't angry, but actually quite positive even while providing criticism. This could have been a total rant at the show for how inaccurate it is but instead you used this as a teaching opportunity. I don't personally suffer with an eating disorder but I feel like I've learned something from watching your video. When it comes to mental illness, I think it's important to be frank but also approach it in a calm manner. I think being angry can just further isolate rather than connect people to the problem.
    I think what I'm trying to say is this is an excellent video on a difficult topic. Thank you for sharing!

  • Ben Long
    Ben Long Il y a 3 mois

    Thank you for this video and I just want to take a moment to appreciate your bravery for talking on such a topic you’ve dealt with personally and for showing yourself on camera for it

  • Thimble Fox
    Thimble Fox Il y a 3 mois

    I was 8 or 9 when lizzie first hit the scene and let me tell you how gay I was for hillary duff, yup I sure was gay for her and felt betrayed when she didn't get with her girl best friend

  • Truth-Rationale Scientist

    8:19 Too bad my patents were never mature when it came to my weight :'-( Those jerks!

  • skeg
    skeg Il y a 3 mois +184

    I think you're being way too critical of a show for pre teens in the 2000's. If they went into it fully for 20 minutes I think it would be too unsettling for the young audience. The comic relief was necessary, if albeit, not all that funny

    • AceAttorny
      AceAttorny Il y a 2 mois +8

      Honestly? With serious topics, do it right, or don't do it at all.

    • sourgreendolly
      sourgreendolly Il y a 3 mois +6

      They shouldn’t have gone into if 20 minutes wasn’t enough. teens are definitely more than capable of handling this topic. It’s harder to understand if it isn’t done well.


      Kids as young as 10 develop anorexia, bulimia and body dysmophia. I don't think it would be such a bad idea to at least have the whole show based on the serious issue instead of sliding in comic relief randomly. The fact that she gets over such a harsh view of herself in a day is bad enough.

    • Doth The Sloth
      Doth The Sloth Il y a 3 mois +22

      totally agree, I watched lizzie mcguire back to back when I was young, and honestly I just remember that I didn't really understand this episode at all. At the end of it I was just like, WHAT THE HECK, why would anyone do that? Then after thinking about it a bit, I think I realised in some way what was going on and felt upset? I think if they went more in depth into it, it would've freaked out a lot of younger people (me included). (and parents) there's a point where you can go to in depth into a topic and glorify it rather than just raise awareness

  • Demetria Torowus
    Demetria Torowus Il y a 3 mois

    I understand your particular concerns with the episodes, maybe a 20 minute episode with comedic relief isn’t the best format to tackle the subject for middle schoolers but for me it worked. I was in early elementary school when this episode came out and it was my first time hearing about body dysmorphia and crash diets. It was dealt with in a way that was easy for me to understand and I really cared about the characters so I could sympathize with Lizzie’s concern for her friend and Miranda’s need for control. I haven’t suffered from any eating disorders but I definitely have body dysmorphic disorder that’s always there but it crops up worse every once in a while. This episode made such an impact on me that I think about it every so often when I’m dealing with my own body dysmorphia.

  • Ellie C
    Ellie C Il y a 3 mois +9

    You should do one about Degrassi where Manny develops bulimia. I believe they made it a two part episode. She was over exercising and purging...would love to hear your take on it.

    • silent phantom
      silent phantom Il y a mois

      @Ellie C manny was never into it, she just wanted to lose weight for a photoshoot, Emma was the one obsessed with it and forced many into it

    • Ellie C
      Ellie C Il y a 3 mois +1

      Missrandomchick94 ohhh yeah that’s right. Emma was kind of influencing her into her disordered ways but manny got out of it. I need to rewatch the episode it’s been so long

    • Missrandomchick94
      Missrandomchick94 Il y a 3 mois +2

      It was Emma who went through that Manny did it to a point, but Emma was the one who had the disorder really.

  • Stripotato S
    Stripotato S Il y a 3 mois

    I get shamed a lot by my parents about my weight and how skinny I am despite eating normally, I told them how toxic it was and they just shut me up.

  • Eureka
    Eureka Il y a 3 mois +3

    Lmfao, Mirandas friends are better than mine when I was 13.
    They'd get pissed at me for skipping lunch.
    Once my stomach was growling loudly in class (I had no control over it). My friend said, "I told you to eat e.e".

  • Zac Lambert
    Zac Lambert Il y a 3 mois

    Thank you for sharing your personal experiences :)

  • MrsLovett105
    MrsLovett105 Il y a 3 mois

    I’m an occasional watcher of your content and I really love your vids! I thought this was a really mature way to dissect how a kids’ comedy show attempts to tackle a big problem. Sorry to hear that you spoke from experience and I’m glad that you’ve been able to deal with it. I wish you well in your continued handling of BDD and I appreciate that you’re donating to that charity.

  • Isabella66
    Isabella66 Il y a 3 mois +1

    Good review I do agree with some points it is quite annoying to have sub plot with Lizzies brother when having an episode on a serious topic and not having enough time to explore the topic more but this episode isn't bad I think it is the right show to tickle such a serious topic because so many young girls struggle with body image and eating disorders and the show doesn't do bad job of talking about it because so many shows at the time didn't mention topics like this and I think that they didn't go further with this episode it is more on body image than eating disorders but they didn't show you what would of happened if she developed an eating disorder which one of the reasons it falls flat

  • Vlogs by Kristina
    Vlogs by Kristina Il y a 3 mois

    I remember watching your Night in the Woods video and absolutely loving your interpretation of the game. This video popped up in my recommended, and I have to say I love your review of this episode, it's spot on. New sub!