At 5ft 8in, she should weigh between 9st and 12st, according to NHS advice. Instead, she is a tiny 4st 3lbs, less than half of what her lightest healthy weight should be. Valeria Levitin is a walking skeleton after years of anorexia reduced her weight to just four stone
What is most worrying is that Valeria, originally from Russia but who now lives in Monaco, says she gets fan mail from girls desperate to copy her skeletal look.
The 39-year-old told The Sun: ‘I have received emails from young girls who want me to teach them how to be like me. ‘All the letters I’ve had are from women, mainly in their twenties, who see me as some kind of inspiration.’
As a result, she has taken the brave step to speak out about her condition and campaign against anorexia – and says she refuses to teach young girls how to die.
Valeria, who developed her eating disorder as a teenager, has chosen to speak out about how the illness has ruined her life. She says she wants to share her story to prevent other people falling victim to the same fate, saying anorexia has made her ‘lonely, unattractive and repulsive for the people around me’.
“Now it’s almost impossible to put the weight I’ve lost back on because my body can’t process many foods”.Today she takes supplements to counter the risk of bruising and avoids situations where she could fall.
Source: Daily Mail Uk