A woman who lived off 39 calories a day and weighed less than three stone has thanked her boyfriend for saving her life
An anorexic sufferer who lived off 39 calories a day and weighed just three-and-a-half stone has thanked her hero boyfriend for saving her life.
Chiara Schober, 19, from Liechtenstein, ate just a peach per day after her grandmother died and stomach cramps left her feeling permanently full.
After starving herself daily, Chiara’s weight plummeted to under four stone and doctors feared for her life.
Despite her skeletal appearance, Chiara met her boyfriend, Jason, 17, last year and the pair quickly fell in love.
Desperate to help improve her health, Jason began to regularly take Chiara out for meals and encouraged her to eat more.
Chiara now weighs a healthy eight stone and believes if it wasn’t for the love of her life and her dramatic transformation in the past 12 months, she might not be here today.
Chiara, a languages student said: “When Jason met me a year ago I was a completely different person.
“At one point I weighed just three-and-a-half stone – when I look back now I can’t believe it, I was just skin and bone.
“I was eating just a peach a day, I couldn’t bear the thought of eating it was like I was punishing myself.
“In my early teens I started suffering from bad stomach cramps and I felt permanently full.
“I began to feel guilty when I ate as I never actually felt hungry so I started eating less and less as I didn’t want to eat for the sake of it.
“Then when my grandmother passed away I was heartbroken, she had helped me get a bit better but when I lost her my weight spiralled again.
“I feel so lucky that Jason has helped change all that, he’s seen me at my worst so I know he loves me for me.”
After her eating disorder completely took over her life, Chiara would eat just a peach at lunch and occasionally a few vegetables in the evening.
Now the pretty teen has gone from a tiny four stone to a healthy eight stone after learning to love all foods again.
Chiara said: “When doctors told me my body wouldn’t be able to cope much longer without food I knew it was now or never.
“That’s when Jason stepped in and encouraged me to eat more, he would take me out for meals and buys snacks like popcorn for us snack on.
“Soon I found enjoyment in eating again, he helped me recover mentally too.
“I’d always dreamt of getting married someday and having a family of my own, Jason made me realise what life was really about again.
“I used to be terrified of all foods other than fruit and veg, but now I eat ice cream, pizza, and just about anything that’s put in front of me.
“I wanted to be healthy again for both of us, I wanted us to be able to go out and do what normal couples do and not let an eating disorder control me.”
The road to recovery hasn’t always been easy for Chiara though.
The thought of eating sometimes left her suicidal and she would spend months in hospital sometimes.
She added: “I used to hate going to hospital, I struggled so much and at times it made the condition worse.
“I would be placed on an eating diet which resulted in several meals a day, including porridge with almonds and quinoa with broccoli.
“But doctors couldn’t force me to eat anything so sometimes I even lost weight during my stays.
“I even threatened that I’d kill myself if I stayed in hospital.
“My mum took me home against doctor’s wishes one time because she thought that I would cope better.
“But after my grandmother passed away my health rapidly deteriorated and I spent nine months in hospital again.
“Recovery wasn’t easy but I would recommend anyone in a similar position to see a doctor or therapist as soon as they notice an eating disorder.”
Last summer Chiara was released from hospital after her she managed to get her weight just above six stone.
Chiara said: “After leaving hospital last year I haven’t looked back since.
“I’m now in control of my emotions and have become a lot fitter and healthier, I never want to go back to losing weight like I used to.
“I’m now in a really good place and I’m surrounded by supportive family and friends and the best boyfriend I could wish for.
“I now have a future to look forward to again and I can’t wait to live my life to the full now.”
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