After months of denying any alterations to the photo, Grazia finally admitted that the too-skinny result was a Photoshop accident. The magazine defended itself, saying there were no solo images of Kate leaving Westminster Abbey in her Alexander McQueen gown so a photo of the new couple had to be altered. Grazia editors photoshopped Prince William out of the photo, forcing them to copy over another arm for her and inadvertently making her appear smaller.
“[Grazia] would like to reassure all our readers that we did not purposely make any alternations to the Duchess of Cambridge’s image to make her appear slimmer, and we are sorry if this process gave that impression,” an apology statement read in the magazine.
Is there someone in your life whom you worry might have an eating disorder? Do you know how to recognize symptoms of an eating disorder? While some symptoms are obvious, some are simply exaggerations of healthy behaviors taken too far.
One obvious symptom of an eating disorder is weight loss or weight fluctuation; however, this does not apply to everyone with an eating disorder. Meghan Bennett, Recovery Care Specialist of Selah House, LLC reminds us that “someone struggling with bulimia or ED NOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified) may not experience much weight loss, may be over weight due to binging and purging, or not lose weight rapidly or drastically. The stereotype is that someone must be severely underweight or losing rapidly to have an eating disorder is misleading. Nearly half of the clients I work with in an inpatient ED facility have to do little to no weight restoration.”
There is good news and bad news. The bad news is that more than half a million adolescents in the United States could qualify for a diagnosed eating disorder according to research published at Archives of General Psychiatry. The study included structured interviews with more than 10,000 teenagers and their parents. The good news is that more than half a million is just under three percent of adolescents.
It is estimated than 0.3 percent of teens will suffer from anorexia nervosa, 0.9 percent will suffer from bulimia nervosa, and 1.6 percent will suffer from binge-eating disorder. Although many of the kids will experience some mental health treatment, it is generally not eating disorder specific.
While I am glad to read a low percentage of teens experience eating disorders, it is essential that proper treatment is provided to those kids that need it. Eating disorders require special treatment by a trained professional and often a team of professionals. The best treatments with which I am familiar include medical professionals, nutritionists, counselors, psychiatrists, and peer groups. Eating disorders are complicated syndromes that must take into account and treat a variety of factors.
UPDATE [1/21/11]: Isabelle Caro’s mother, Marie, took her own life after being consumed by feelings of guilt following her daughter’s death. Isabelle was hospitalized for severe dehydration. “‘[Marie] felt guilty for having put my daughter in the Bichat Hospital,” said Isabelle’s step-father Christian. “My daughter did not want to go to that hospital.” (Via The Daily Mail.)
The French model Isabelle Caro, who was featured in a provocative anti-anorexia campaign in 2007, died at the age of 28 last month after a two-week hospitalization. The model and activist entered a French hospital after returning from Tokyo, Japan, where she had suffered from acute respiratory disease. However, the cause of her death is on November 17th is unknown. Her family did not report her death to the media until December 29th.
According to CNN, Caro suffered from severe anorexia from the age of 12. She was first hospitalized because of the disorder at the age of 20, and at its worst reportedly weighed only 55 pounds. Although she came to campaign aggressively against the “worship of thinness,” it does not appear that she ever recovered from her eating disorder or regained her full health. She published an autobiography called The Little Girl Who Did Not Want to Get Fat, in 2008 and appeared on several TV shows to discuss her struggles. Caro was interviewed by Anna Richardson for Channel 4’s special Supersize vs. Superkinny and also appears on The Price of Beauty.
As a ballerina who overcame anorexia, the last thing Jennifer Ringer probably wanted was to be criticized for her weight by a New York Times critic. In a recent review of “The Nutcracker,” said that she, as the sugar plum fairy, “looked as if she’d eaten one sugar plum too many.” The comment hurt initially but is just part of being a professional in a field that demands perfection from those who work in it.
“As a dancer, I do put myself out there to be criticized, and my body is part of my art form,” Jenifer Ringer, 37, told TODAY’s Ann Curry during an interview Monday. “At the same time, I am not overweight.”