Teenage Anorexia, Ruth Bridge

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Teenage Eating Disorder

When, at ten years old, homeschooled Ruth was sent off to school, she felt like an outcast. Discovering, during a health check, that she weighed twice as much as a friend, she rapidly started losing weight. ‘Once you start, it’s very difficult to stop for an eating-disorder mind.’ Anorexia reportedly has the highest mortality rate of any adolescent mental disorder in the UK. Yet Ruth was lucky; she was almost hospitalized, but was able to claw her way back with help from parents and health experts. Here she tells us how.

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