Anorexic Woman Shares Her Incredible Transformation Photos

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An inspirational student who overcame her battle with anorexia is sharing her transformation photos online in hope of helping others.

22-year-old Emelle Lewis said she became ill during her teens when she felt she was ‘fat and ugly’ and believed losing weight would help her ‘fit in’.

Emelle, a psychology student from Huddersfield, said her battle began with her visiting the gym more regularly, then an obsession with food which saw her surviving on Weetabix, rice cakes and salad.

When her weight dropped to just five stone, Emelle said she would dress herself in children’s clothes and tried living a ‘normal life’.

She told Mail Online:

It started in high school when I wanted to lose weight because I always felt fat growing up.

I always found it hard to fit in, and when all my friends were getting boyfriends at that time but I didn’t, I began to think it was because I was fat and ugly.

Emelle said being so underweight meant she was constantly cold, but she refused to comply with treatment having convinced herself people were trying to ‘ruin her life’.

She said:

When I was ill, I didn’t believe there was anything really wrong with me. I genuinely believed I could maintain at that weight and still live a fairly normal life. I didn’t want to get rid of my eating disorder.

I refused to comply with treatment and was convinced that everyone was against me, lying to me and trying to ruin my life.

I didn’t really feel that weak because my body had adapted to my low weight, however the thing that got me the most was the cold. I was so cold it was painful.

Before recovery I would walk my dog for thirty-minutes twice a day. I would do yoga and abdominal workouts every morning. I wouldn’t sit down during the day until after 4pm.

Emelle went as far as claiming to be vegan so people didn’t question why she was only eating fruit, veg and ‘clean foods’.

She said:

I ate the same exact thing every day. Weetabix, hummus and rice cakes, salad and fruit before bed.

Amazingly, the turning point for Emelle’s transformation was when she started following ‘recovery accounts’ on Instagram, and becoming inspired by other girls who had overcome eating disorders.

She said she realised she didn’t want to die and despite being ‘terrified’ of the journey ahead of her, she told her mum she wanted to start weight training as a way of recovery.

Emelle now eats six balanced meals a day, amounting to 2,800 calories and lifts weights in the gym.

She’s a healthy 8st 9lbs and a UK size 8-10.

She said:

I remember lying in bed one day feeling like I was really dying and realising I had achieved nothing in my life and this is not the way my story is meant to end.

This switched something in my mind and I knew I had to start fighting and show the world who I am meant to be.

When I first decided to choose recovery I was terrified, I knew once I had made that commitment I had to stick to it so there was a huge part of me that was questioning, ‘am I really ready to let it go?’ I was also terrified because I thought, ‘what if I fail?’

I would feel embarrassed if I told everyone I was going to recover but then gave up half way.

Despite relapsing seven times, Emelle said her mum ‘always believed’ in her and was ‘willing to do everything’ to help her recover.

Emelle said she still has occasional bad days towards her body image but most days she feels ‘proud’ of what she has achieved and proud of her body.

She said:

The most difficult part of recovery was going against everything I had believed for the past six years. Physically stopping myself from doing things that had become second nature to me through years of suffering with anorexia. I literally had to ignore my own mind.

Overcoming this illness has now made me such a strong person mentally, I see the world through different eyes.

I am thankful for everyday I’m alive and I try to be as positive as I can in any situation. I feel like I can achieve anything now.

She added:

Anorexia tricks you into believing that you don’t want to get better, that there is nothing really wrong with you.

The best way to overcome this illness is realising that these thoughts are not you and they are a caused by something else that is not your friend.

Find something you are passionate about, something you can work towards and focus all your time and energy towards achieving it.

Life is too short and we only live once, don’t waste your life being controlled by an eating disorder.

Love your body for what it is because one day we won’t have one.

Well done, and good luck on your journey.