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Losing weight feels good when you want to be healthy but shedding it an alarming rate might mean that you are having an eating disorder. Claire Huxtable, a 44-year-old mum of two warns others of drastic weight loss by telling her story.
Once living on a diet of takeaways, chocolate, and crisps is now terrified of eating even fruits. It all started when she started to slim down as she wanted to squeeze in a plane ticket.
After two years of dieting and heavy exercising, she went from twenty-five stones to staggering five and a half stones, the drastic weight loss has left the former nursery nurse scared. After battling with her weight for two years, she is currently hospitalized.
Claire had always desired to go abroad but feared she won't fit in a flight seat. After losing weight she went to Greece as a treat to herself. Claire said: "I'd wanted to go abroad for so long but had always worried I wouldn't fit in a seat. "After losing so much weight and now weighing seven stone I decided to finally treat myself. "I'd lost so much weight though and wore a bandana because of my sunburn on holiday – everyone kept staring, I think they thought I was dying because I looked so thin. "I did enjoy myself but I was so frail that I kept on passing out and falling over, it was a real eye opener. "I got home and had a massive break down so my wife, Faith, 36, marched me off to the doctors."
Even after weighing less than five stones, Claire was shocked when doctors told her she was anorexic. Claire said: "I never even thought anorexia was a possibility. "I thought I just had a little problem and I want others to realise the early symptoms before it's too late. "I'm trying to get better so I can get my old life back, anorexia has sucked all of the fun out of everything."
Claire also says that she misses her old job and wishes one day she would be healthy enough to return. "I can't thank my wonderful wife Faith enough for standing by me, as well as my amazing friends and family. "I'm now taking every day as it comes and just concentrating on getting better."