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"What's Eating You?"

Kassie Burger

eXpressions™ Program: Art School: Mentor High School City/State: Mentor, Ohio Teacher(s): Michelle Kane Medium/Genre: Collage eXhibition Year: 2017
eXpressionist Statement:

With many eating disorders beginning in adolescence, I am concerned that my peers have a greater risk of low bone density and do not realize the implications. I feel that adolescent athletes and females are more at risk because they eat to gain or to lose weight. I have seen teens eat fast food and drink or smoke, and I have seen teens with poor self-images when it comes to their bodies. Katelyn Howell's research on eating disorders (and body image) during adolescence may shed some light on the consequences of these disorders when it comes to bone growth in young adults. The drawing of the skeleton was done from observation using an actual human skeleton. I used the data directly printed from Howell’s research for the background of the piece. I felt that portraying the skeleton smoking and eating a burger (a typical fast food choice of teens everywhere), collaged with the chart, gives an impression that healthy or unhealthy habits have an effect on your bones. If consequences of low bone density include fractures, osteopenia, and/or osteoporosis, then we need to do a better job educating teens about factors that are modifiable (including diet/lifestyle choices).


Selected Research

Small, Medium, or Large: Does Bone Structure Predict Optimal Growth Curve in Patients With Eating Disorders? Researcher: Katelyn Howell Mentor: Ellen S. Rome, MD, MPH School: Beachwood High School Internship Track: Applied Medicine Internship Year: 2016