Health & wellness documentaries

BBC Select joins presenters, like Louis Theroux, who explore what it takes to fight illness in order to nurture a healthy mind, body and soul. If you live in the US or Canada, you can watch a range of BBC documentaries on health and wellbeing.

Louis Theroux: Talking to Anorexia

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Anorexia has the highest death rate of any psychiatric disorder in the US. The pathological fear of eating and gaining weight affects around one in every 250 women, and for some it can be a lifelong battle.

Filmmaker Louis Theroux visits two of London’s biggest adult eating-disorder treatment facilities – St Ann’s Hospital and Vincent Square Clinic – to try to understand this mysterious illness in this insightful documentary.

Louis Theroux: Extreme Love - Autism

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In America, almost one in 100 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

British filmmaker Louis Theroux explores the ways in which autistic children perceive the world about them, along with the sometimes-heartbreaking impact on family life in this insightful documentary.

He visits the pioneering DLC Warren school in New Jersey to find out how specialized intervention can help.

Return of the Black Death

The discovery of 25 medieval skeletons in London could shatter the myths around the Bubonic plague and explain why it was so devastating in the past. While the disease is far less prevalent today, it still exists and still takes lives.

This fascinating documentary reveals how these ancient corpses could hold the key to understanding and possibly even eradicating this terrible disease.

Louis Theroux: Extreme Love - Dementia

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Phoenix, Arizona: America’s dementia capital.

British filmmaker Louis Theroux looks at how those directly affected by dementia try to keep relationships alive in circumstances that can be among the strangest and most challenging imaginable in this BBC documentary.

He spends time at Beatitudes, a residential institution for people with the condition, and at the homes of those who have become carers for their loved ones.

Louis Theroux: A Different Brain

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An estimated one million people in the UK live with the long-term effects of brain injury. What’s it like having a hidden disability?

In this Louis Theroux documentary, the British filmmaker takes a sensitive look at how individuals and their families come to terms with life-changing conditions that often come with little or no physical differences. He finds family members caught between loss and learning to love changed people.