19 Anorexia Survivors Share Before-And-After Photos To Show Their Amazing Transformations

1. An incredible transformation

1. An incredible transformation

Anorexia nervosa is one of the most dangerous eating disorders in the world, but unfortunately, the illness is still not taken as seriously as it should be.

2. What a difference a year makes

2. What a difference a year makes

Diagnostically speaking, anorexia is characterized as an extreme anxiety disorder, where the sufferer develops an extreme phobia of gaining excess weight, and as a response to this anxiety, a strong desire to be thin, which manifests itself through starvation or bulimia.

3. No more fear

3. No more fear

As well as incurring the obvious risk of death by malnourished, anorexia often also exacerbates other mental health issues, such as suicidal depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, or body dysmorphia.

4. Inspiring in black and white

4. Inspiring in black and white

Globally, anorexia is estimated to affect 2.9 million people as of 2015 and has been estimated to occur in 0.9% to 4.3% of women and 0.2% to 0.3% of men in Western countries, according to a report published in the National Library of Medicine’s psychiatric journal.

5. Exercise is key to success

5. Exercise is key to success

Bearing these alarming statistics in mind, it’s easy to understand why these eating disorders are such an urgent malady.But there is hope for those going through it, and recovery is possible, as the following images will attest.

6. Check out her muscles!

6. Check out her muscles!

7. Hayley Wilde came close to death but now is a mother to a baby boy

7. Hayley Wilde came close to death but now is a mother to a baby boy

8. Elle Lietzow suffered a seizure due to dehydration

8. Elle Lietzow suffered a seizure due to dehydration

9. Danny Walsh gained this much muscle in four months

9. Danny Walsh gained this much muscle in four months

10. Jo Thompson was once given 48 hours to live

10. Jo Thompson was once given 48 hours to live

11. Kaitlyn Davidson once weighed just 37 kg

11. Kaitlyn Davidson once weighed just 37 kg

12. You can make a positive change to your own health and body

12. You can make a positive change to your own health and body

13. Linn Strömberg used to live on only 400 calories a day

13. Linn Strömberg used to live on only 400 calories a day

14. Recovery is a difficult process…

14. Recovery is a difficult process…

15. But with support, it is possible

15. But with support, it is possible

16. From 31 kg to 50 kg

16. From 31 kg to 50 kg

17. Matthew Booth suffered respiratory failure because of starvation

17. Matthew Booth suffered respiratory failure because of starvation

18. Hannah’s BMI dropped to 11

18. Hannah’s BMI dropped to 11

19. Margherita Barbieri is now a professional dancer after recovering

19. Margherita Barbieri is now a professional dancer after recovering

20. Before and after

20. Before and after

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