Anorexia is a mental illness where the person feels an acute fear of gaining weight, presenting abnormal behaviours regarding diet, weight, volume and body silhouette. This results in a distorted view of reality in which prolonged fasting produces other derived pathologies such as osteopenia, epilepsy, jaundice, depression, anxiety, and sometimes aggressive behaviour.
According to Red Cross reports, 1 out of every 100 women (the vast majority being teenagers) suffer from anorexia. Extreme cases become a chronic disease, causing work, social and family dysfunctions. During the period of illness and the recovery process, both those affected and those around them suffer intensely.
The family plays a critical role in the prevention of eating disorders. Therefore, we need more information on the disease, the development of strategies for action and greater public awareness.
David Arribas is a freelance photographer based in Madrid, Spain. Interested in documenting sociocultural issues, he takes inspiration from his immediate environment and has developed his own visual language.
Currently, he dedicates his work to giving visibility to taboo topics that affect his personal life, seeking to generate a change in social perception.
His work has been published in media such as The Washington Post and El Mundo Diary and exhibited at festivals in Finland, Spain and France.
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