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.