Elle Lietzow, 17, took no food nor water for a week because she wanted to be popular. MailOnline reports that the anorexic teenager collapsed with a seizure and was rushed to hospital, where horrified doctors and nurses were astonished she was still alive.
Doctors said her toes and fingers had lost their circulation and her nails became brittle, black and snapped easily.
Her long blonde hair was falling out in clumps, her periods had stopped and she became so emaciated her hips and ribs jutted out from under her skin.
On why she took that suicidal road, Lietzow said: “I wanted to stay skinny just to be accepted by everyone. I had gained so many friends when I lost weight accidentally during my swimming and everyone would compliment me.
“I thought, if I quit swimming I am going to have to keep that low weight so that people would still want to be my friends, because if I gain weight no one would want to be my friend anymore.’
All that happened two years ago. Lietzow, now 19, has recovered and gained weight after hospital treatment – and now eats a strict vegetarian diet.