An 18-year-old anorexia teen, from Gothenburg, Sweden, had suffered from the illness since she was 11. She was living on a diet with only sparkling water and chewing gum, which she made herself feel like "dead".
Amanda Kristiansen, who is a receptionist, hated the way she looked and believed that losing weight would her noticeable and have more friends.
She cut out all sweets and carbohydrates from her meals and turned out having a serious weight plummeting to 5 stone (70 pounds).
However, dieting didn't teach her to love herself back or win friends, but, instead, she struggled with the eating disorder making her feel even more lonely eventually.
She only weighed 5 stone and 2 lbs (72 pounds) at her lowerest.
"At that time, I was incredibly insecure, hated how I looked and how I was, I was the silent girl and barely had any friends. I had always been normal weight, but I always had a very wrong body image," said Amanda.
She said after summer 2010, she was very extremely depressed and lonely, so she got the idea that she should start to lose weight to change herself.
She trained several times a week to every day. She banned herself from candy and carbs.
"I lived on carbonated water and chewing gum to keep away the hunger feelings. I didn't allow myself to sit at all, just when I sat in a car or when I was asleep at night, though I was not allowed to sleep for more than seven to eight hours a night," the teenager recalled. "I hid a lot of food in my slippers, bra and pockets and I was an expert at lying."
Amanda said she has no control of her own thoughts or actions that every day went by she was losing more and more control while the disease got more and more control over her. She felt like she was dead and she wanted to.
She later tried to recover for her family but as time went by she started to fight for herself and the treatment started to work only until she wanted to be free from the illness.
"I found my love for strength training and that was one motivation to start eating. I also started to hang out with friends again and found new friends. I wanted to be able to do everything that they did," said Amada. "I started to see the positive things in life and that did that I fought harder."
The teenager now shares her experience to encourage the others.
"I am happy about how my body looks, I wouldn't say I love it 100 percent but I don't think anybody in this world does," she said."But I feel comfortable in myself most of the time and I can live my life how I want."
Her family and friends are proud of her and are relieved. She said her mum had been her angel and had saved her life.
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