This contest was fueled by the following news: One of the serious eating disorders is anorexia. Most people have heard about it, but few realize that it affects quite a large fraction of American population these days. Statistics shows that three to five percent of the population is anorexic. What this means is that these people stave themselves repeatedly to lose weight. Why? They do so because they are convinced that they are overweight and do not look good enough. Most people suffering from this eating disorder are young people in puberty, and anorexia affects twice as many young women as men. Usually teenagers are affected by the images of good looking slim peers and glamorous skinny models from magazines and TV advertisements. This results in dissatisfaction about one’s own look, leading to depression, and then anorexia. These teenagers would try anything to lose weight – from extreme dieting to laxatives. Teenagers suffering from this disorder have very weak immune system and are an easy target for many diseases. Their inner organs like heart and lungs have very slim tissues – the result of staving and lack of sufficient calories, minerals and vitamins. Low immune system, chronic weakness and depression, usually make the situation even worse for anorexic person – both physically and emotionally. They live in a constant fear of becoming fat people, and cut down their daily meals to the amounts dangerous for their health and even life. Such people have under fifteen percent less body weight than normal for their age, gender, and height. This disorder is more spread among celebrities – these are the people who are constantly looked up upon, and any physical imperfections in their look would be noticed by the public. People of "public" professions – dancers, singers, actors – are more likely to become anorexic than people of professions where personal looks matter less.
Those clever folks over at Freaking News have created a contest revolving around anorexia. The images are revisions of classical art and are disturbing, striking and graphic, much like the disorder, so be aware.