Photo by contributor Toby Upson, an 18-year-old man from England. Last year, Toby was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. His condition was so severe that at one point he was rushed to a hospital where he was given two days to live. Luckily, his body managed to stabilize and he eventually was transferred to a hospital that specialized in mental health. It was there that he began using art as a distraction and coping tool.
About this photo: “there is a huge stigma around anorexia. if you ask someone to describe an anorexic they think of young girls that want to be a model. this piece uses 2 photos layed on top of each other. if I tell someone I’m anorexic there is an immediate assumption about me. this work is a bear all photo. some may find it shocking but that’s not the target. I tried to challenge the opinion of what people think when they think of an anorexic. I wanted people to realize the pain and distress I and thousand’s of other anorexic’s go through while in recovery.”
Find more from Toby at his blog.