Paint, Canvas, 2006
16" x 16"
14 of 24
Before Spring Break, the Anorexic Challenge

Dr. Margo Maine, a clinical psychologist in West Hartford, Conn., who specializes in eating disorders, said she observes a spike in weight anxiety every year among her younger patients before spring break. The fantasy of achieving a ‘bikini-ready’ body on a deadline is an intoxicating incentive. In a school setting, in which tightly knit groups of young women are all vacationing together, diets easily become competitive, or, as Dr. Maine puts it, contagious.

Alex Williams, “Before Spring Break, the Anorexic Challenge” The New York Times, April 2, 2006, Fashion Section, Sunday Styles, Metro Final edition.
Detroit, Michigan