Monday, January 23, 2012
“Believe in life.”
CTV News: Caro wrote a book published in France in 2008 titled "The Little Girl Who Didn't Want to Get Fat," served as a member of the jury on Top Model France, and worked periodically as a film and television actress. In one appearance, she was interviewed by Jessica Simpson for the VH1 show "The Price of Beauty." In one online video, Caro ends with words of advice for aspiring models: "Believe in life." Her agent, Sylvie Fabregon, told The Associated Press that the Italian campaign was intended "to show what it is like to be anorexic." Some groups working with anorexics warned, however, that the attention paid to Caro did a disservice to others afflicted with the disorder. Images of Caro appeared on so-called pro-ana, or pro-anorexia websites. On Wednesday, one posted a notice about her death and a photo of her, large blue-green eyes peering over a child-size upper arm, with the caption, "die young, stay pretty." Anorexic model Isabelle Caro dead at 28
styleite: Caro was perhaps best known for the No Anorexia billboards and commercials that popped up in Milan in 2007. Photographer Oliviero Toscani photographed her naked, and images of her fragile body were used to shock people into the realities anorexia and its prevalence among fashion models. A CBS News report, included below along with the billboard, called her “The Face of Anorexia.” She also famously talked about her struggle with the disease on Jessica Simpson’s show The Price of Beauty. Model Isabelle Caro, The ‘Face Of Anorexia’ Is Dead
Isabelle Caro (12 September 1982 – 17 November 2010) was a French model from Marseille, France, who became well-known after appearing in a controversial ad campaign "No Anorexia" which showed Caro with vertebrae and facial bones showing under her skin in a picture by photographer Oliviero Toscani. She was the 3rd cousin of poker author Mike Caro (Wikipedia: Isabelle Caro).
Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by refusal to maintain a healthy body weight and an obsessive fear of gaining weight, often coupled with a distorted self image which may be maintained by various cognitive biases that alter how the affected individual evaluates and thinks about her or his body, food and eating. Persons with anorexia nervosa continue to feel hunger, but deny themselves all but very small quantities of food. The average caloric intake of a person with anorexia nervosa is 600-800 calories per day, but there are extreme cases of complete self-starvation. It is a serious mental illness with a high incidence of comorbidity and the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder (Wikipedia: Anorexia).
Bullying is an abusive treatment, the use of force or coercion to affect others, particularly when habitual and involving an imbalance of power. It may involve verbal harassment, physical assault or coercion and may be directed persistently towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability. The "imbalance of power" may be social power and/or physical power. The victim of bullying is sometimes referred to as a "targeted individual" (Wikipedia).