2021 AMI Online Salon

In defense of a harm reduction approach for patients with severe anorexia

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Maryam Shabbir
  • Client:University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Copyright: Maryam Shabbir, 2021
  • Medium/software used:Adobe Photoshop
  • Final presentation format:Print Illustration
  • Primary Audience:General audience

Project Description

This editorial journal cover visualizes the ethical dilemma of using harm reduction approaches with patients with severe and enduring anorexia nervosa (SEAN). Patients with SEAN struggle with recovery and have a lower incidence of completely overcoming their illness. Harm reduction aims to improve their quality of life by encouraging positive alternatives to harmful behaviors, without necessarily ending harmful behaviors entirely. This editorial aims to highlight themes of negotiation and compromise between the two parties. In the illustration, a healthcare provider offers a bushel of grapes to a patient, who elects to take only one. Lighting was employed to create an emphatic and dramatic mood, as well as develop a strong sense of form.