Because this intriguing issue has not otherwise been studied, to our knowledge, we determined the rate of employment as an artist for 146 consecutive participants (69% women, mean age=32.2 years, SD=11.4) in an ongoing prospective naturalistic study of the course of body dysmorphic disorder. Data on current occupation (during the past 6 months) was obtained by an investigator blind to any hypothesis about an association between occupation and a diagnosis of body dysmorphic disorder. The subjects were categorized as artists by using the definitions of Dr. Veale et al. (1). We also estimated the proportion of individuals in the United States currently employed as artists, based on the 2000 Occupational Employment Statistics survey (2). This survey collects nationwide occupational data (excluding self-employment) based on the government-wide Standard Occupational Classification system. Because this system does not report adequately detailed statistics for several of the artist categories used by Dr. Veale and colleagues, we made several assumptions to derive our estimate (for example, the Occupational Employment Statistics survey reports the number of postsecondary art, music, or drama teachers, which we divided by 3 to derive an estimate for art teachers). Because of insufficient detail, several teacher categories were excluded from our analyses, so our estimated rate of artists in the general population is likely an underestimate.