Chubby Girl Is Bullied, But Transforming To Be Liked Nearly Kills Her

1 year, 5 months ago

Elle Lietzow always had a bit of “baby fat” when she was a kid. Although she was just a few pounds heavier than her peers, they would severely bully her.

They would kick, push, and chant “fat whale” at her in their elementary school’s playground. When Elle got older, she joined the competitive swim team. She was able to shed a few pounds naturally. With her new weight loss came new friends.

However, Elle quit swimming and feared that the bullying would return if she couldn’t keep the weight off.

I wanted to stay skinny just to be accepted by everyone. I had gained so many friends when I lost weight accidentally during my swimming and everyone would compliment me,” Elle told Barcroft TV in 2015.

She became obsessed with keeping the weight off by working out for two hours each day. She only ate steamed cabbage and the skin of an apple. Elle had triggered an eating disorder, but her family didn’t immediately notice its severity. They nagged her to eat more, and eventually Elle would be hospitalized.

Again, Elle wanted to please everyone. She began to overeat and ballooned in size. This triggered her anorexia once more. She became so thin she couldn’t get out of bed. Her toes and fingers became brittle, black, and nearly snapped off due to poor circulation. Her hair began to fall out and she no longer menstruated.

Elle starved herself of food and water for an entire week. When she finally drank a sip of water, she instantly slipped into a seizure. Elle’s mother, Madonna, rushed her to the hospital. Hours from death, Elleonly weighed 77 pounds. Her vital signs were so low, doctors were astounded she was still alive.

The incident was a wake-up call for Elle. Fortunately, her story has a happy ending. Years after the near death experience, Elle is at a healthy weight.

My life has changed since my recovery. Im now social, I go out with friends and I dont isolate myself,” she said. A message I have for those suffering with anorexia at the moment is that only you can save yourself. You have to make the change to choose life.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, please call the National Eating Disorder Alliance help line at 1-800-931-2237.

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