Real Monsters art mental illness
"I hoped to draw attention to mental illnesses that often get ignored or aren't taken seriously, " he said. "I want to make people aware of how damaging these illnesses are and how much of a burden they can be to those who suffer from them. The project also highlights conditions that some people may have never even heard of, so the work aims to raise awareness for these. I hope that people can relate to the work and that it helps them to see their illness in a different light, make it appear more manageable."
"I have received so many wonderful messages from people who live with one or many of the disorders I have drawn, " he said, "each telling me how much the work means to them and how it has helped them to think about their condition in a different or more positive way."
- Toby Allen/zestydoesthings
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Anorexia Nervosa is when one does not eat, or eats so little that they slowly starve their body, destroying the organs, which results in organ shut-down and death if not treated.
Bulimia is when one binge eats, then forces themself to vomit. This also slowly starves the body, in addition to the medical problems listed above, the acid in the vomitus causing erosion of the esophogus and teeth.