By Rebecca Drew
THIS inspirational teenager has beaten the anorexia demons that saw her weight plummet to just over FOUR-STONE and wearing clothes for six-year-olds after she was bullied for not being ‘pretty enough’.
Student, Victoria Olavarrieta Garza (16) from Aguascalientes, Mexico, was first diagnosed with anorexia nervosa when she was 11 after she was bullied throughout primary school. Victoria stopped eating, thinking that she would become prettier and fit in if she lost a few pounds. This soon spiralled as she limited her daily calorie intake to just 150 and would walk for at least three hours a day.
At her lowest point, Victoria weighed just 4st 5lbs and wore dresses for six-year-olds. Now, Victoria is a healthy UK size eight to 10. She doesn’t know how much she weighs as her mum threw away the family scales and she no longer believes that weight is important and has been recovered for two-years.
“I felt empty, alone, desperate, tired and trapped. I felt as though I was already dead even though I was alive,” she said.
“If you have anorexia you stop living, you only breathe.
“It started in primary school, when a girl bullied me, she told me I was not pretty enough, so I stopped eating because I thought that if I lost a couple pounds I would become pretty.
“The fear of being trapped in the claws of anorexia for my whole life made me decide to overcome it.
“Having been on the verge of death, made me understand what really matters in this life, and it definitely is not how much you weigh, or if you fit in, or if you are popular or not, but how happy you are and how much love you give to yourself and others.
“While I was recovering my doctors did not tell me my weight and my mum got rid of the weighing scales that I had at home, and I do not know my weight, it is not something that is important to me now.”
Victoria is passionate about running but never counts calories or denies herself junk food if she’s craving it. She says she is at peace with her body now and shared the most difficult thing about her journey and her advice to others.
“Eating disorders are really tricky, even though you want to be okay, your eating disorder’s voice appears and it is a constant battle inside your head, but once you learn to ignore it, the anorexia loses its power,” she added.
“No matter how much weight you lose, your eating disorder is going to tell you it is not enough, and I know that recovery may seem the scariest thing you will ever face, but it is so much more scarier to live your whole life trapped like this.
“Give yourself a chance of life, your life does not have to be perfect to be incredible.
“My friends and family are very proud and usually tell me they admire me.”
For more information see www.instagram.com/balancedvictoria