Adipo is an artwork made by casting parts of the human figure which are underrepresented and less desired in media and society. For this artwork, Monsoon conducted a survey with the IIHUK charity community, where questions were asked regarding how the body should be described by medical professionals, friends and family, and society. Answers show that the community needs understanding, empathy, and encouragement instead of the shame and neglect that often come from obesity stigma.
Research into the condition has shown a correlation between being overweight and having IIH. Due to this correlation, general practitioners, in particular, often ascribe obesity as the cause of IIH, inadvertently shaming individuals who are seeking help. Evidence shows that there are numerous possible causes, including hormone imbalance (relating to polycystic ovarian syndrome, PCOS), blood clots, and weather and climactic changes.
The word Idiopathic means ‘cause unknown’.
There is no known cause or cure for IIH; often, women are left helpless due to the stigma attached to the condition. New research at the University of Birmingham has been attempting to determine the cause. Most recently, the lead neurologists and ophthalmologists in the UK, Professor Alex Sinclair and Professor Susan Mollan, have received funding from NASA to investigate further, as astronauts often develop the condition after space travel.
How would you prefer your body described by society?
"I wouldn't want society to describe my body. People will like it and people won't. Some people would hate to look like me and some would aspire to. I’m just one person, my body doesn't need to influence others' opinions."
How would you prefer your body described by medical professionals?
"Not determined by BMI! It doesn’t factor body proportions. Mine says I’m verging morbidly obese but my clothes size is 10-12. My bum, thighs and boobs are bigger but I’m tall. I’m also 21 and having that influence of “you’re fat” makes it so hard to feel comfortable and confident in my own body."
How would you prefer your body described by friends and family?
"I always have my mum commenting on my weight. It’s always “that makes you look big” or “you’ve lost weight” its never “that looks nice on you” or “you’re looking good/healthy/happy”, which would make such a difference."