The first-ever World Eating Disorders Action Day is Thursday, June 2

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated June 01, 2016 01:00 PM

Keanu Reeves and Lily Collins took a break from filming To the Bone, an upcoming dramedy about eating disorders, to raise awareness of the health issue.

In a new public service announcement, Reeves, Collin and other cast mates read, in part, “Nine Truths About Eating Disorders.”

“Truth Number One: Many people with eating disorders look healthy, yet may be extremely ill,” Collins says.

“Truth Number Two,” continues Reeves. “Families are not to blame and can be the patient’s and provider’s best allies in treatment.”

To the Bone director Marti Noxon and costar Retta also recited true statements about eating disorders, which can affect up to 70 million people globally.

The video is in honor of the upcoming, first-ever World Eating Disorders Action Day on Thursday, June 2.

World Eating Disorders Action Day was created by more than 200 groups to promote knowledge and treatment of eating disorders, according to the organization’s website. The “Nine Truths” are based on Dr. Cynthia Bulik’s “9 Eating Disorders Myths Busted” speech at the National Institute of Mental Health in 2014.

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“It is thrilling to hear the members of this amazing cast read these carefully crafted messages,” Dr. Lauren Muhlheim, PsyD, CEDS, and director of Eating Disorder Therapy L.A., told the Huffington Post. “Adding celebrity voices to the ‘Nine Truths About Eating Disorders’ will broaden the audience for this important information.”

To the Bone, which is set for a 2017 release, was inspired by the director’s struggle with eating disorders, according to Variety.

Of the project, Collins wrote on Instagram earlier this year, “I’m incredibly honored to be part of such a powerful story of love, self-doubt, and the courage it takes to fight for survival.”

“I believe this film has the potential to shine a light on something that’s becoming more prevalent within our society every day and let those suffering know they’re not alone.”