Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tragedy, doubled aware that the image at the bottom of this post is shocking and graphic.

Isabelle Caro was a French model who became famous when she appeared in the ad campaign for "No Anorexia" (below). She had suffered from anorexia from the age of 13, and she died last November at age 28. At the worst of her eating disorder, she weighed only 55 pounds (at 5 feet, 5 inches).

This site shows photos of Caro when she was healthy, in addition to an interview with Jessica Simpson.

I've been personally touched by anorexia, because my college roommate and two relatives had it. My mom used to work with young women afflicted by anorexia when she was a mental health therapist on a psychiatric unit. It's a horrible disease, and very difficult to overcome. (Fortunately, both my college roommate and relatives recovered from it.)

Now it's been announced that Marie Caro, Isabelle's mother, has committed suicide because of the terrible grief over her daughter's death.

This terrible disease devastates lives. If you are a parent and you want to lose weight, please emphasize your desire for health instead of your desire to be skinny. Do not put yourself or your appearance down. Refrain from calling yourself fat. We need to model healthy self-images for our children. We need to teach them to love themselves, no matter their shape or size. They get enough negative imagery from the media and popular culture. My heart goes out to this poor family and anyone who has been affected by eating disorders.

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