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Girl with anorexia recovers to become fitness trainer

The Independent logo The Independent 31/08/2017 Rachel Hosie
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A teenager who suffered from anorexia and weighed just five stone in 2014 has recovered to become a fitness instructor.

18-year-old Vera Schulz from Stavropol Krai in south-west Russia had become seriously underweight without her family realising, and her health had deteriorated worryingly as a result.

She fainted regularly and it would take her an hour to climb the five flights of stairs to her home. 

But Schulz then discovered fitness, developing a love for working out that helped her battle her eating disorder.

Slowly but surely, Schulz learned to love her body rather than hate it.

She overhauled her diet too.

Schulz started by eating raw fruit and vegetables and gradually added more variety into her diet.

She’s now a fitness instructor and has built up a following of 22,200 on Instagram too, where she shares motivation and inspiration to help people live healthier lives, whether they suffer from an eating disorder or not.

That’s not to say Schulz doesn’t have her critics though - many argue that just because she’s overcome her eating disorder, that doesn’t make her qualified to give health advice to others.

But many people praise Schulz and encourage her to keep going with her new healthy attitude.

It’s not easy to overcome an eating disorder, but Schulz proves that it’s possible to recover.

Also watch: What not to say to an anorexia survivor (Provided by Wochit)

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