Teenager Shares Incredible Transformation After Beating Anorexia
The struggles endured by millions of people with eating disorders have been increasingly covered by the media in recent years, a move which in itself has brought more people out into the open to share their stories.
One such woman is Camila Paz, a teenager from the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires, who has undergone an astounding transformation.
Camila joined Twitter recently to share images that show just how far she has come in a two year long battle with her eating disorder.
"I did not want to go to school anymore. I was ashamed of my body, especially my legs. I did not want to see anyone until I had reached the ideal level that I had set myself.
"However, my goals kept on changing. When I reached 40 kilograms (6.3stone), I wanted to continue losing weight.
"I hope that by showing these images, other girls with anorexia will see that it is not a dead end."
Camila began her struggles with anorexia at the age of just 13, when she became conscious about her appearance at school.
She ended up wearing clothes that were intended for much younger children than herself.
She eventually found help via therapy and was able to overcome her eating disorder and live a normal life again.
It is estimated that eight million Americans suffer from an eating disorder, with 7 million of those thought to be women.
Between 85 and 90 percent of those with anorexia are women, though it is thought by experts that men severely under-report cases of eating disorders and, in particular, anorexia.
Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among young people and 86 percent of people with eating disorders report that they their condition began before they turned 20, according to statistics from Mirasol, a charity that treats eating disorders in the United States.
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