The pressure to be skinny affects many people. This pressure is most apparent in those who suffer from Anorexia Nervosa, an eating disorder that is characterized by being severely underweight. Studies have shown that women are more prone to suffering from this psychological disorder.
18-year-old Vera Schulz from Stavropol, Southwest Russia suffered from anorexia. At the age of 15, she weighed in at a scant 32 kg (roughly 70 lbs). Due to her dangerously low weight, she constantly felt lightheaded and often fainted.
Anorexia was threatening Vera’s very life.
“I was suffering from a lack of air, I was regularly fainting. Back in the day, I lived on the fifth floor, and I needed about an hour to get up there, as there was no lift.”
Vera had an irrational fear of eating solid foods and she was so unhealthy that, at one point, she suffered from hair loss.
After realizing that she needed to make a lifestyle change, Vera decided to try hitting the gym. She fell in love with exercising and devoted her life to it.
Vera initially ate only raw fruits and vegetables. Eventually, she incorporated other food groups into her diet in order to gain muscle mass.
Today, Vera Schulz works as a fitness instructor. After beating anorexia, she hopes that she can help others do the same. The stunning young lady already has quite the following on social media, with over 28,000 followers on Instagram. She has become a #fitspiration for everyone who is battling an eating disorder.
Not everyone is thrilled that Vera is a fitness trainer, with some netizens claiming that just because she beat anorexia doesn’t make her qualified to teach others about fitness. On the other hand, many netizens love what Vera has been able to overcome and believe she can inspire others to do the same.
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SOURCE: Instagram | Daily Mail | Independent | Danified | Eating Disorder Hope | National Eating Disorders