Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder that consists of a cycle of bingeing and purging. A bulimic person may eat excessive amounts of food containing many calories, followed by a form of purging. Purging is a means of eliminating the mass amount of calories consumed by means of vomiting or taking laxatives. Guilt, anxiety, and loss of control are common feelings associated with bulimia because it often feels like one cannot stop eating. Purging acts as a negative reinforcement by taking away the negative feelings that revolve around eating and gaining weight.
Less common, anorexia nervosa, is a very serious eating disorder that often begins in adolescence. Those who suffer from this disease often become extremely emaciated and are repulsed by the thought of becoming obese. Anorexia has been named one of the most life-threatening psychological conditions, with a death rate of about ten percent.
The photograph above shows that those who suffer from eating disorders often perceive their body differently than others. She see's herself as having more body fat than desirable; though, realistically, she image in the mirror is probably of a healthy body mass index (BMI) and her body looks like that of a skeleton. If an individual denies their body from the nutrition it needs to be healthy, it has several consequences.
As a portrayal of these consequences, Isabelle Caro, gives the public and honest image of anorexia nervosa. She took a stand against her disorder through an Italian ad campaign against anorexia and the negative influence of the fashion industry. She posed as a model, showing off her boney physique and explaining how the lack of nutrition has damaged her hair and caused her to lose several teeth.
Eating disorders are very serious psychological conditions that greatly impact the body. The damage done to the body is life threatening to those that fall victim to the condition. With the media portraying skinny models as a social norm, it is important that individuals, like Isabelle Caro, share their stories to show how serious eating disorders are.