I rarely write about celebrities. However, I am a Health and Wellness writer, and when the News spills over into that area, I am interested. So it is with the case of French model Isabelle Caro, who has succumbed, it is believed but not confirmed, to Anorexia Nervosa. Caro battled this condition since the age of 13. While Caro died on Nov. 17, her death is just now being made public.
One source that I am using is an article by Brad Bechler at the Gather Website titled “Isabelle Caro Photos: Anorexia Pictures Before Death.”
The information about Caro, while heart-breaking, and the photos of Caro, while shocking, are not the total story in her death. The stories are, number one, the illness, Anorexia Nervosa, and following close behind the impact on young girls our demented society puts on them. If they are not thin, they are failures. If they get a job as a model, they are at the whim of the producers.
Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder. However, it is also a mental disorder. People (95 percent of them women) keep their weight down by any means possible. That includes the excess use of diet pills, exercise and even enemas. Yet the real issue with a mental condition is control of the body-the person feels he/she must maintain control. My suspicion (and I have no resource to confirm this) is that control becomes so important to the victims because they have no other controls over their life.
I judge speech contests on the weekends. I have come to love these high school students, who have the courage to get up in front of people and lay down their social defenses to entertain. Yet I am shocked and saddened at the dress of some of the female participants. Low-cut tops, short skirts and high heels are often the dress of the day. Initially I thought it was solely the decision of the girls, until I was told by some of them that when they wore more modest clothes, they were often told by male judges to “dress up” more.
I have linked to “before and after” photos of Isabelle Caro. It seems to me she was awfully thin in the “before” picture.
The reason that I chose to write this article is to let the reader know that if he/she is at all associated with a woman with this illness (or the reader him/herself has it) that there is a high recovery rate. Get help. To tell you what a mysterious illness Anorexia Nervosa is, the best experts can do when guessing at the number of women with it is use a percentage between 0.5 percent and 3.7 percent.
The apparent news is that a French model has died most likely from Anorexia Nervosa. The real news is that there are untold numbers of women at risk, and they are often extremely young.
Oh, by the way, when you look at the pictures, understand Isabelle Caro was just 28 years old.
Gather Website, “Isabelle Caro Photos: Anorexia Pictures Before Death”
Canada Now Website, Staff, “Isabelle Caro Before And After Photo”
MedicineNet.com Website, “Anorexia Nervosa”