Hiding Susan, acrylic on 24×30 canvas. An act of defiance or desperation? In this country, obesity is an epidemic and the reasons for it may outnumber the individuals inflicted by it. My own conclusion is that food is a comfort and an ally and, as any hard working anorexic will tell you, a control mechanism. We control who can and will be allowed to enter our personal space by our physical presence. Not by engaging but by insuring any engagement is purposefully regulated and actively controlled based on mere physical presence. This regulation may be required because it is the only way to keep our true selves hidden and out of the the kill-shot. Now for the elephant in the room. Why must the true self be hidden?