Model’s Death Shines Spotlight On Her “No Anorexia” Campaign

Isabelle Caro, a French actress and model who campaigned to spread awareness about eating disorders, has died after a 15-year struggle with anorexia. Caro made headlines when she exposed her emaciated body for a “No Anorexia” billboard campaign across Italy. She hoped to spread awareness about weight issues in the fashion industry and to show young girls the grim and dangerous reality behind the quest for thinness. Seeking therapy and counseling (and medical attention as necessary) for eating disorders is essential to recovery. For most who suffer, the disease skews their perception of reality, of their own appearance, and of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle. A trained psychotherapist can help those who struggle with eating disorders to not only make healthier choices, but to foster a healthier outlook as well.

© Copyright 2011 by By John Smith, therapist in Bellingham, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to

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  • Angela R. Wurtzel

    Angela R. Wurtzel

    January 4th, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Anorexia is a very complicated and complex physical, medical, psychological and emotional illness barely understood by many, especially those who believe they are qualified to treat the illness. However, there are professionals that are qualified and helpful. Finding the most effective therapist is difficult no matter what, but, with eating disorders, a therapist who claims to treat eating disorders should engage a patient in a thorough assessment process and factor in medical attention at the outset just to rule out any medical concerns. We can’t see a failing heart. There are certified eating disorder specialists in the field of psychotherapy and nutrition. They can be contacted through the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP).

  • Mark


    January 4th, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    I saw that model’s picture and she looked horrific at her illness’s height, poor soul. That was such a needless tragedy. In the end Isabelle did a good thing allowing herself to be immortalized in the “No Anorexia” billboard campaign and will always be remembered for that. Bless her.

  • Ewen


    January 4th, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    I hope this model’s death serves as a wake-up call to other anorexics out there. I implore you all to see a professional and get into therapy or counseling before it’s too late.

    Unfortunately I think my appeal will fall on deaf ears but there’s no harm in trying.

  • rachel


    January 4th, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    I see so many young girls blindly aping the models that they see on tv and magazines and think that it’s all so great and everything about these models is just so perfect. What they don’t realize is that there is so much imperfection that is fixed by a lot of photo editing and that all is not hunky dory for these models, that there are a lot of problems faced by them because of what they do, that there is nothing nice to copy from them!

  • Emily


    January 5th, 2011 at 4:31 AM

    Experts in the same field have said it,scientific researches have proven it- then why is it that young women still run behind this fad? Its defies all logic!

  • AmyH


    January 5th, 2011 at 5:34 AM

    That was such a sad story. When I first saw those photos of her I had no idea just how small she was at the time and now having learned of her death it makes me realize the lengths that some women will go to to achieve that society ideal of what they should look like. If that means that I have to whittle myself away to nothing then I think that I will pass. Condolescences to her family.

  • Serena C

    Serena C

    January 5th, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Its not easy to speak against what the entire industry believes or professes…Yet she did that and I just hope this sad event will only spread more awareness about something she believed in her lifetime…

  • georgette


    January 5th, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Until the catwalks start walking more ordinary figures down their runways instead of skeletal frames, young girls will always aspire to thinness. The change needs to start with the designers and a new definition of what a glamorous catwalk model looks like.

  • Mickie


    January 5th, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    I read a disturbing story about how some pro-anorexia websites we using the campaign shots to advocate anorexic appearances. How could anybody look at those and not have felt sorrow for her plight? Anorexia is not something to be celebrated and admired.

  • Barry


    January 5th, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    There are pro-anorexia websites?? That shouldn’t be allowed. How distorted the anorexic’s view can be is exemplified by their use of her photographs. This complex disease should not be glamorized not minimized. Anorexia is a killer, and not solely of women either. RIP Isabelle.

  • James


    January 5th, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    I almost cried when I saw the devastating pictures of this young woman. They shocked me very much. Isn’t there a law that can force these girls to go into treatment centers for their own good? Sometimes you have to take charge and go against a person’s wishes to save their life. We’re failing them.

  • Chelsea


    January 12th, 2011 at 6:53 AM

    Pro sites promote anorexia and bulimia as lifestyle choices that can be managed, which is denial at its finest. The medical consequences of anorexia certainly include death, as in the case of this poor model, but there are also lots of consequences that make for a poor quality of life.

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