I would like to honor the following individuals, all have passed since this blog was started in 2006, all are missed dearly, and all represent how deadly eating disorders can be. If you are deep into your own struggle, please look into the eyes of these young, women and know your body and mind is also being ravaged by the affects of this deadly disease. You are not alone, help is waiting for you. Please reach out, when you are ready.
First and foremost, we need to recognize all the young women and men who die every day from eating disorders. They are not famous models or hollywood stars, they are just like you and I. They have gone quietly to their grave but they will not be forgotten by all the friends and family left behind.
Isabelle Caro, the brave model who posed nude on an Italian billboard to show the world the reality of anorexia, died at the age of 28.
Many of you remember Polly from the HBO documentary THIN by Lauren Greenfield.
Image Source for all photos: Lauren Greenfield, THIN
Polly took her own life. Please send your prayers to her friends and family. Take a moment to reflect upon the courage it took for Polly to let it all fly on THIN. I’m nothing next to this one, she was something, talk about guts.
“Dieting has always been a huge part of my life. I remember all the things that are signs of eating disorders being taught by my family; cut my food into really small pieces, and chew very slowly and take your time, and drink water in between so your stomach fills up faster. I was counting calories and fat by the time I was 11. I had diet pills packed in my lunch in elementary school. When I was ten years old, my mother and my aunt paid me $100 each to lose 10 pounds. It wasn’t until recently I pulled out a photo album that I was like, Oh my Gosh. I really wasn’t fat. I’ve had a distorted view of myself pretty much most of my life.
– Polly, THIN documentary, read more here.
Hila Elmalich was a model from Israel. She weighed 60 pounds when she passed away. My 7 1/2 hear old daughter weighs 50 pounds. Her 3 year struggle was documented by her dear friend and modeling agent Adi Barkan, holding her in this image below.
Andrea Carrio Rojas, 17 years of age from Chile. Andrea weighed 89 pounds when she passed away on August 29th, 2007.
At 28 years of age, Maggie took her own life. She struggled for 10 years with her eating disorder, before she decided to commit suicide Sunday night, March 4th.
A friend of Leah, another ED sufferer who passed away unexpectedly in January (see below), and other readers of this blog, our hearts go out to her boyfriend and family during this time.
She lived on lettuce and diet coke until a heart attack took her young life on Valentine’s Day. Her sister, Luisel succumbed to anorexia as well, just 6 months earlier (see Luisel’s memorial below).
Committed suicide, documenting her last moments of life online, until she passed away on January 27, 2007. She looked to the pro-anorexia sites for support, but only sunk deeper into her disease, depression, and eventually lost all hope.
Shortness of breath after a jog landed her in the ICU. Doctors believed she was out of the woods, and was released to a regular room. She was full of life, energy, and positive hope as expressed here. A massive heart attack took us all by surprise just days later. Her light lives on here.
Brazilian model dies from kidney failure caused by anorexia.
Fellow Brazilian follows in Ana Carolina Restons footsteps, starving herself to death while studying for a degree in fashion. Carla suffered a heart attack. And then another, that finally killed her.
Luisel was just doing her job, unfortuntely it was one that required starvation. As she walked off the runway, she fainted. They couldn’t save her, she too suffered a heart attack caused by anorexia. Little did her family know that their younger daughter would die of the same evil disease six month later (see Iliana above).