The pressures to look our best and to conform to beauty standards are getting harder every year. With the help of social media, the pictures of unrealistically polished stars are within reach of boys and girls everywhere. And since kids and teenagers have a very tender psyche and a lot less self-esteem than adults, the sickness, called anorexia nervosa is more prominent among the younger generation. This psychological eating disorder leads people to starve themselves to look their best supposedly. And once the grip of anorexia holds you, there's no way you can stop it without getting help from professionals. Many anorexia stories end in death, even amongst famous people. Singer Karen Carpenter, American author Michael Krasnow and model Isabelle Caro just to name a few. It's no surprise that most of those who have been through it call such experience a living hell, and once you see the anorexia pictures, it isn't so hard to believe.

Fortunately, these people on the list below managed to beat the illness and regain the weight after their anorexia recovery - along with restoring their lives, their sanity, and happiness. If you are someone who suffers from anorexia or you know anyone with an eating disorder, remember that you are not alone. Do not hesitate to ask for the help you need.

Scroll down below to see the anorexia before and after pictures of these brave people who managed to take their lives back in control. It might be just the inspiration you need!

#1

Margherita Barbieri, A Stunning Young Dancer, Has Made A Miraculous Recovery After Being Called “thunder Thighs” At Ballet School

Margherita Barbieri, A Stunning Young Dancer, Has Made A Miraculous Recovery After Being Called “thunder Thighs” At Ballet School

MIRO ARVA Report

varwenea 2 years ago

So happy for her. She is stunning!

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#2

Hannah During The Grip Of Her Anorexia When Her BMI Dropped To 11 An Hannah Now

Hannah During The Grip Of Her Anorexia When Her BMI Dropped To 11 An Hannah Now

prosperoushealthylife , prosperoushealthylife Report

varwenea 2 years ago

Omg. 😲 Love her new healthy self and beautiful smile

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#3

1 Year Difference - This Is To Hopefully Show You That No Matter How Lost You Are In Your Own Head, It Is Possible To Escape! It Is Possible To Find Happiness Again

1 Year Difference - This Is To Hopefully Show You That No Matter How Lost You Are In Your Own Head, It Is Possible To Escape! It Is Possible To Find Happiness Again

my_life_without_ana Report

Sofia Bellavista 2 years ago

Beautiful! Congrats!!!

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#4

Before And After Anorexia

Before And After Anorexia

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varwenea 2 years ago

Love the healthy, muscular body and tat too!

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#5

Matthew Booth 'Died' For 20 Minutes When He Was Rushed To Hospital And It Saved His Life

Matthew Booth 'Died' For 20 Minutes When He Was Rushed To Hospital And It Saved His Life

HotSpot Media Report

Sofia Bellavista 2 years ago

Male anorexia is often overlooked. Amazing recovery!

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#6

Epic Transformation

Epic Transformation

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Candy Serrano 1 year ago

Strong!! 💪😍

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#7

Danny Walsh Slipped Into The Grip Of Anorexia After Becoming Obsessive Over Football, Training To Be The Best Player He Could Be But Within Four Months He Managed To Beat The Illness And Gain Weight

Danny Walsh Slipped Into The Grip Of Anorexia After Becoming Obsessive Over Football, Training To Be The Best Player He Could Be But Within Four Months He Managed To Beat The Illness And Gain Weight

DannyWalsh1990 , DannyWalsh1990 Report

Pilar Covington 2 years ago

Glad they don't only show girls.

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#8

Elle Lietzow Refused To Let Even A Drop Of Water Touch Her Lips. After A Week, She Collapsed With A Seizure And Was Rushed To Hospital

Elle Lietzow Refused To Let Even A Drop Of Water Touch Her Lips. After A Week, She Collapsed With A Seizure And Was Rushed To Hospital

elletayla , elletayla Report

Sofia Bellavista 2 years ago

Notice that they were all naturally beautiful before anorexia

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#9

Linn Strömberg, 23, Survived On Just 400 Calories A Day And Was In Danger Of Suffering A Heart Attack Before Taking Up Weightlifting

Linn Strömberg, 23, Survived On Just 400 Calories A Day And Was In Danger Of Suffering A Heart Attack Before Taking Up Weightlifting

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varwenea 2 years ago

What a transformation. Healthy, gorgeous. Happy for her!

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#10

"No More Fear... Of Doing Or Wearing Anything That Might Make Me Look Less Than Perfect To Anyone Who Might Be Looking At Me"

"No More Fear... Of Doing Or Wearing Anything That Might Make Me Look Less Than Perfect To Anyone Who Might Be Looking At Me"

bodyposipanda Report

Sofia Bellavista 2 years ago

Curvy and beautiful!!

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#11

Kaitlyn Davidson Once Weighed Less Than 37kg And Has Made A Remarkable Recovery

Kaitlyn Davidson Once Weighed Less Than 37kg And Has Made A Remarkable Recovery

kaitlynmaree_x , kaitlynmaree_x Report

varwenea 2 years ago

The left picture is such an irony carrying the cupcakes and cake. She sure recovered well!

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#12

Jodie-Leigh Neil Developed An Eating Disorder After Her Best Friend Died In A Tragic Accident. She Was Told To Recover Or She'd Die

Jodie-Leigh Neil Developed An Eating Disorder After Her Best Friend Died In A Tragic Accident. She Was Told To Recover Or She'd Die

miss_jodieleigh , miss_jodieleigh Report

Laura Ford-Everett 2 years ago

Your life is worth living <3

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#13

60 Is The New Black! Recovery At Any Age

60 Is The New Black! Recovery At Any Age

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Sofia Bellavista 2 years ago

Well done!!!

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#14

Photo Speaks A Thousand Words

Photo Speaks A Thousand Words

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Amazon07 2 years ago

Bless you, well done for recovering! You look stunning!

#15

Anorexia Recovery Progress - 31kg To 50kg

Anorexia Recovery Progress - 31kg To 50kg

fleurwillis Report

Jocelyn Ramirez 2 years ago

She looks really pretty and happy. Great recovery!!!

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#16

In Honor Of Today Marking 18 Months Of Recovery From Anorexia

In Honor Of Today Marking 18 Months Of Recovery From Anorexia

dollyparts Report

hawkeyefan95IA 2 years ago

I wasn't aware of male anorexia 👏 well done

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#17

Hayley Wilde Suffered With Anorexia And Was Given Just 10 Days To Live, But She Went On To Become Pregnant And Have A Baby Son

Hayley Wilde Suffered With Anorexia And Was Given Just 10 Days To Live, But She Went On To Become Pregnant And Have A Baby Son

Daily Mail Report

Leanne D'Antoni 2 years ago

Such a heart-breaking photo on the left. I wish her lots of love.

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#18

Recovery From Anorexia

Recovery From Anorexia

Riku90 Report

Bethany Barnhart 2 years ago

So handsome. Congratulations!

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#19

Then And Now

Then And Now

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Heidi 1 year ago

I love the pride hidden in your smile ! Amazingly done !

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#20

I Would Not Be Here Now If I Did Not Choose To Beat It

I Would Not Be Here Now If I Did Not Choose To Beat It

chroniclelive Report

varwenea 2 years ago

The left picture is frightening. She has a lovely smile now.

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#21

After 4 Years, I've Conquered Anorexia, Bulimia And EDNOS. I'm Twice My Weight And More Than Twice As Happy

After 4 Years, I've Conquered Anorexia, Bulimia And EDNOS. I'm Twice My Weight And More Than Twice As Happy

beautifullittlefool Report

#22

Sophie Gajnik Can Now Lift Four Times Her Former Anorexic Self

Sophie Gajnik Can Now Lift Four Times Her Former Anorexic Self

Caters News Report

Mirriam 2 years ago

She looks so badass.

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#23

My Before-After Photos. 1 Year Apart

My Before-After Photos. 1 Year Apart

letsrecover , amalielee Report

Anet Cklva 2 years ago

Those tiny legs! Oh. Well done.inspirational ❤️

#24

Recovery After 10 Years Of Struggle

Recovery After 10 Years Of Struggle

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hawkeyefan95IA 2 years ago

Beautiful girl 👏👏👏

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#25

It Always Seemed Impossible To Get Healthy But I Made It

It Always Seemed Impossible To Get Healthy But I Made It

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Lua boots 2 years ago

U are so cutie girl!! well done!!! BRAVO

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#26

Before And After Recovery

Before And After Recovery

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Francine McBollox 2 years ago

before picture really touched me,hope he found happiness in his life

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#27

Stunning Transformation

Stunning Transformation

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Cathy Binder 2 years ago

beautiful

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#28

60lbs To 85lbs In About 5.5 Months

60lbs To 85lbs In About 5.5 Months

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Teija 2 years ago

You already look healthier! Good luck. :)

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#29

The Picture Says It All

The Picture Says It All

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Rhon 2 years ago

You look 20 years younger!

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#30

What An Incredible Change: Mariah Setta, Whose Weight Plummeted To 48 Kilos As She Battled A Crippling Eating Disorder, Shares Before And After Pictures

What An Incredible Change: Mariah Setta, Whose Weight Plummeted To 48 Kilos As She Battled A Crippling Eating Disorder, Shares Before And After Pictures

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Hope Floats 2 years ago

What a pretty girl and a beautiful smile.. You go girl!!!

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#31

Gemma Walker Was Once Given 48 Hours To Live And Her Father Would Check On Her Every Morning To See If She Was Breathing

Gemma Walker Was Once Given 48 Hours To Live And Her Father Would Check On Her Every Morning To See If She Was Breathing

gemswalker Report

hawkeyefan95IA 2 years ago

You are a beautiful girl 😢😭

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#32

8 Months And 20kg Later

8 Months And 20kg Later

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Helena 2 years ago

Super cute swimsuit!

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#33

One Year Eating Disorder Recovery

One Year Eating Disorder Recovery

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Lucybaby 2 years ago

Great Job!!

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#34

Inspirational Recovery Of Anorexic Nurse Who Was On The Brink Of Death

Inspirational Recovery Of Anorexic Nurse Who Was On The Brink Of Death

albanpix.com Report

Dooey Smith 2 years ago

Lovely

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#35

Nicola King, Who Was Told To Say Goodbye To Her Loved Ones When Her Eating Disorder Saw Her Organs Fail, Has Battled Her Way Back To Health And Was Crowned A Body Building Champion

Nicola King, Who Was Told To Say Goodbye To Her Loved Ones When Her Eating Disorder Saw Her Organs Fail, Has Battled Her Way Back To Health And Was Crowned A Body Building Champion

Nicola King , Nicola King Report

Susan Forbes 2 years ago

These before pictures are truly horrifying; I am in awe of the strength exhibited to get back to a healthier state.

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#36

Because How Could I Resist?

Because How Could I Resist?

alwaysmargi Report

Desiree Summer 2 years ago

amazing!!

#37

Adriana Jones Spent Most Of Her Teenage Years Battling Anorexia That Almost Claimed Her Life But She Managed To Make A Remarkable Transformation

Adriana Jones Spent Most Of Her Teenage Years Battling Anorexia That Almost Claimed Her Life But She Managed To Make A Remarkable Transformation

_adrianajones , Daniel Kalisz Report

Lua boots 2 years ago

You Rock!!! :) well done champion

#38

Jo Thompson Was Once Given 48 Hours To Live - Beat The Disorder After Falling For Her Boss At The Burger Chain

Jo Thompson Was Once Given 48 Hours To Live - Beat The Disorder After Falling For Her Boss At The Burger Chain

birminghammail Report

Debbie Detmer 2 years ago

I too read it as positive,but also your comment is true - no man is worth tormenting yourself in any way. Thank God she has a wonderful man!

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#39

Before And After Beating Anorexia

Before And After Beating Anorexia

Real Life Agency Report

therealpixie 2 years ago

Look at the difference in her eyes! They look flat and brown in the picture when she was ill, and sparkling green after she recovered. Yes, I know part of it is the lighting, but still amazing.

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#40

Georgia Mcgrath Was So Frail That Her Ribs Snapped When She Jumped Into Her Boyfriend's Arms But She’s Now Made An Incredible Recovery

Georgia Mcgrath Was So Frail That Her Ribs Snapped When She Jumped Into Her Boyfriend's Arms But She’s Now Made An Incredible Recovery

Caters News , georgiamcgrathx Report

Jazmyn B (Jaz) 2 years ago

It's so amazing that her boyfriend has supported her through this and stayed with her this whole time

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#41

Kat Manzullo Developed Anorexia Due To Childhood Bullying But Has Now Finally Hit Healthy Weight

Kat Manzullo Developed Anorexia Due To Childhood Bullying But Has Now Finally Hit Healthy Weight

Caters News Report

Elizabeth Davis 2 years ago

She's gorgeous as well

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#42

She Was At A Point Where She Had To Use A Wheelchair And Look At Her Now

She Was At A Point Where She Had To Use A Wheelchair And Look At Her Now

dinewithdoni Report

lily 2 years ago

You look amazing

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#43

She Beat Anorexia

She Beat Anorexia

Joss Walden , Joss Walden Report

Dooey Smith 2 years ago

Well done you look amazing

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#44

Be Kind To Yourself

Be Kind To Yourself

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Anet Cklva 2 years ago

You are so beautiful!!

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#45

Sarah Hicks Dropped To Just 42kgs And Was So Anorexic Doctors Feared Her Eating Disorder May Eventually Kill Her

Sarah Hicks Dropped To Just 42kgs And Was So Anorexic Doctors Feared Her Eating Disorder May Eventually Kill Her

Sarah J. Millie Hicks , Sarah J. Millie Hicks Report

Aessidhe Eclipse 2 years ago

she must be a tall girl, 42-43kg was my regular weight for years (1,55m height), until I dropped to 39kg and then bounced to 48 xD

#46

Before And After Recovery

Before And After Recovery

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Stellou 2 years ago

She looks absolutely amazing now!

#47

This Is What My Recovery Looks Like Now

This Is What My Recovery Looks Like Now

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Sando kHaN 2 years ago

I went through all these pictures and was tempted to post many times, not now I have to... There is just this one word to describe the right picture... Beauty!

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#48

"I Am So Proud To Have Been Able To Change, To Recover, To Accept Myself As I Am"

"I Am So Proud To Have Been Able To Change, To Recover, To Accept Myself As I Am"

rediscovering_gaia , rediscovering_gaia Report

Dooey Smith 2 years ago

Lovely

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#49

One Year Of Successful Recovery From Anorexia

One Year Of Successful Recovery From Anorexia

nsquared Report

Jessie Metter 1 year ago

Great job!! You look amazing

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#50

Recovery Is Possible!

Recovery Is Possible!

joseph5498 Report

Ruth Sinuor 1 year ago

I had never thought that anirexia can happen to man too..This man is awesome now! I was amazed by all of these pictures,made my morning so warm to see these beautitul smiles all of them have now. God bless you all..

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#51

Recovery Is Possible

Recovery Is Possible

aly_recoverylife Report

Desiree Summer 2 years ago

its crazy that the same smile looks so much happier or the right side. Amazing, you look gorgeous!

#52

Recovering, Slowly But Surely

Recovering, Slowly But Surely

imbadatpickinusernames Report

Anne Madag 2 years ago

amazing!

#53

Beth Hall Lived Off 10 Calories A Day But Has Made A Remarkable Recovery

Beth Hall Lived Off 10 Calories A Day But Has Made A Remarkable Recovery

Caters News Report

Anna Thouvenin 2 years ago

How do you even ingest just 10 calories a day and not faint? :/ At least she looks gorgeous now *_*

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#54

Cazandra Zetterberg Who Was Given Just Days To Live Turned Her Life Around To Become A Personal Trainer After Seeing Her Little Sister Break Down In Tears

Cazandra Zetterberg Who Was Given Just Days To Live Turned Her Life Around To Become A Personal Trainer After Seeing Her Little Sister Break Down In Tears

cazandrazetterberg Report

Anne Madag 2 years ago

amazing .

#55

Christie Swadling Was Once At Just 31kg But Now She's All For Healthy Lifestyle

Christie Swadling Was Once At Just 31kg But Now She's All For Healthy Lifestyle

christieswadling Report

Dooey Smith 2 years ago

Looking good

#56

If You Had Told Me A Year Ago That I Would Now Be Where I Am Today, I Probably Would Have Shoved A Pen Up Your Nose And Told You You Were An Idiot

If You Had Told Me A Year Ago That I Would Now Be Where I Am Today, I Probably Would Have Shoved A Pen Up Your Nose And Told You You Were An Idiot

lordstilllovesme Report

Evelyn Brooks 2 years ago

Love the caption. It shows how much she's grown and that she is surprised at herself for being stronger than she seems and it's wonderful

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#57

Same Location, Same Girl, A Very Different Attitude To Life And My Body

Same Location, Same Girl, A Very Different Attitude To Life And My Body

maya.pillay Report

Anne Madag 2 years ago

wow!

#58

Chloe Shelton Became Anorexic At Seven But She Beat The Illness And Is Hoping To Become Beauty Queen

Chloe Shelton Became Anorexic At Seven But She Beat The Illness And Is Hoping To Become Beauty Queen

Daily Star Report

Cathy Binder 2 years ago

stunning

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#59

The Changes You Can Make In 3 Years

The Changes You Can Make In 3 Years

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Dooey Smith 2 years ago

You look amazing now

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#60

Amazing Transformation

Amazing Transformation

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Stellou 2 years ago

She's stunning.

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#61

Recovery From Anorexia

Recovery From Anorexia

beccaxgoodchild Report

Anne Madag 2 years ago

beautiful.

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#62

Anorexia Recovery: Facial Progress

Anorexia Recovery: Facial Progress

reddit.com Report

Helena 2 years ago

You look so much younger in your after picture, goodness gracious!

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#63

Amazing Transformation

Amazing Transformation

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Anne Madag 2 years ago

yes, really amazing! good job.

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#64

Amazing Recovery

Amazing Recovery

kirsty1611 , kirsty1611 Report

Dooey Smith 2 years ago

Beautiful

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#65

Laura Munday Was Left Close To Death After Starving Herself On Just 17g Of Rice Krispies A Day - Then Walking For Up To Ten Hours To Burn Off The Few Calories She'd Consumed

Laura Munday Was Left Close To Death After Starving Herself On Just 17g Of Rice Krispies A Day - Then Walking For Up To Ten Hours To Burn Off The Few Calories She'd Consumed

SWNS , Fusion Management Report

Nayeli Ortiz 3 months ago

you were WAY too tiny before... Glad you got healthy!

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#66

She Beat Anorexia

She Beat Anorexia

Hana Brannigan Report

Anne Madag 2 years ago

nice smile. ;)

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#67

I Went From 85lbs To 115lbs. Anorexia Recovery For The Win

I Went From 85lbs To 115lbs. Anorexia Recovery For The Win

Booshkee Report

Anne Madag 2 years ago

nice.

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#68

Recovery Through Pictures

Recovery Through Pictures

lifewithoutanorexia Report

Nayeli Ortiz 3 months ago

good job!

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#69

Rebecca Condron Once Starved Herself For 5 Weeks But She's Recovering Now

Rebecca Condron Once Starved Herself For 5 Weeks But She's Recovering Now

Rebecca Condron Report

#70

Christie Begnell Developed Anorexia After Suffering With Serious Bouts Of Depression Through Her Early Teens Now She Said She Is Bigger Than She Was Before She Got Sick, But She Is Using Her Experience To Help Others

Christie Begnell Developed Anorexia After Suffering With Serious Bouts Of Depression Through Her Early Teens Now She Said She Is Bigger Than She Was Before She Got Sick, But She Is Using Her Experience To Help Others

meandmyed.art Report

#71

Dying Vs Living. Recovery Saved My Life

Dying Vs Living. Recovery Saved My Life

caitlins.recovery Report

Anne Madag 2 years ago

good for you.

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#72

A Boy's Journey

A Boy's Journey

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DankMemographer 2 years ago

I love your eyes

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#73

The Left Is Me, 12 Months Ago, Weighing 40kg, The Right Is Me Weighing 52kg And Feeling Happy

The Left Is Me, 12 Months Ago, Weighing 40kg, The Right Is Me Weighing 52kg And Feeling Happy

lifeinlotus Report

Helena 2 years ago

Looking younger and happier! Keep making healthy, happy choices!

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#74

4 Years Ago Today I Chose To Fight Anorexia. It Took A Ton Of Strength, Confidence And Support, But I Won

4 Years Ago Today I Chose To Fight Anorexia. It Took A Ton Of Strength, Confidence And Support, But I Won

hilarygirl87 Report

heyerlein 2 years ago

Such a good choice. Looks amazing on the right <3

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#75

Trying To Gain Weight In My Anorexia Recovery, And I'm Finally Starting To See Progress

Trying To Gain Weight In My Anorexia Recovery, And I'm Finally Starting To See Progress

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Nayeli Ortiz 3 months ago

You looked sick in the left. Bt so beautiful and radiant in the right!

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#76

Former Anorexic Now A Personal Trainer

Former Anorexic Now A Personal Trainer

Caters News Report

Elecia Windmeyer 2 years ago

You look the same size as my 16 year old daughter on the left. I'm scared for her, but she doesn't gain weight. 😢

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#77

I Am Nowhere Near Perfect, And I Still Have Many Struggles. But, I Am Learning To Forgive Myself, Ask For Forgiveness From Others, Get Back Up When I'm Down, And Never Give Up

I Am Nowhere Near Perfect, And I Still Have Many Struggles. But, I Am Learning To Forgive Myself, Ask For Forgiveness From Others, Get Back Up When I'm Down, And Never Give Up