Jeanette Suros was just 10 years old when she started watching what she ate on a daily basis.
By the time she was 16 years old, Suros was exercising up to 12 hours a day and weighed only 66 pounds.Image Credit: Twitter
Suros told the Daily Mail, that she would trick her parents into thinking she already ate before she came home from gymnastics or cheerleading practice, so they wouldn’t force her to eat dinner.
In order to lose “that next 10 pounds,” she started waking up at 4 am to go on long runs and would avoid eating any meals throughout the day. For energy, Suros would only consume black coffee and juices.
Just days before her prom, Suros — who admitted to being bullied by her classmates because of her fight with anorexia — suffered a heart attack.
According to the National Eating Disorder Association, eating disorders cause muscles, like the heart, to weaken. So in Suros’ case, her anorexia made her heart’s job harder to perform, causing it to ultimately give out.
As the Daily Mail reports, her parents were told that her organs were so badly damaged by her anorexia that she may not recover.Image Credit: Twitter
Suros was lucky to recover.
“But through some miracle I made it through. My heart started to recover and after two weeks in hospital I was transferred to an eating disorders unit.”
Although she still found herself struggling with self-image, being anorexic gave her the confidence she lacked.
“I was a shell of myself but I had to keep going,” she tells the Daily Mail. “I just wanted to lose that next 10 pounds then everything would be better. Even having a heart attack didn’t make me realise the danger I was putting myself in.”
Suros admitted she started comparing herself to others at the very young age of 5, and it wasn’t until 4 years after heart attack at the age of 21, that she finally realized she couldn’t live the way she was living anymore.
“I was babysitting for kids who looked up to me,” she explains. “I didn’t want anyone else to turn out like me.”
By 2013, Suros stood at 5’2″ and weighed about 100 pounds, an improvement from where she was before and continued to recover for the next three years.
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“I’ve slowly been getting better and I’m now able to fit into a size 8.”
Now, she looks to her friends to keep her on track, adding that their support helps her from “getting trapped in her anorexia again.”