Anna (20) credits note handed to her by a stranger for helping her overcome Anorexia Nervosa
Published 14/12/2015 | 14:36
A woman who has overcome a serious eating disorder has thanked a stranger for handing her a note which she says “changed her life”.
Anna Wyatt (20) was shopping in her local supermarket, when a stranger, Ella Crouch, handed her a note, guiding Anna to her blog where she documents her recovery from Anorexia Nervosa.
I went on a 20 minute jog and of course the torrential rain burst on my head as soon as I started! This top is not meant to be two colours.......... But it makes for good Tough Mudder training :D also, I forgot to say this yesterday. Yesterday was a year since @ellacrouch91 approached me by sheer luck in waitrose and gave me a way out of anorexia. 13 kilos up (and still going) I literally cannot thank her enough. I am pretty sure the way things were going, hospital would have been very close in the future for me. So thanks Ella, you're amazing!! Not many people would have been brave enough to approach a total stranger to offer them help, but you honestly changed my life by doing just that. #edrecovery #recovery #anorexiarecovery #gains #weightgain #weight #strongnotskinny #eattogrow #foodisfuel #run #jog #toughmudder
Twenty-year-old Anna was also battling the eating disorder but revealed that Ella’s blog ‘Screw Skinny: Busy Getting Stronger’ set her on the path of recovery. Anna revealed that she feels indebted to Ella who she said has helped set her on the path to recovery.
“I had a look on Ella's blog and for the first time thought "this is the way to go",” Anna told The Daily Mail.
“If she hadn't given me that note I think I'd have been hospitalised pretty soon as I would have kept losing weight.
“It was an incredible thing for the person to do, to be brave enough to walk up to a stranger and offer that help. I'm just so indebted to her.”
Anna revealed that she developed the eating disorder in University and said Ella’s brave account of her battle with Anorexia encouraged her as she struggled.
“Having anorexia is like having the conscious part of your brain put in a very small box, which is surrounded by a much larger fog swirling all around inside your head,” said Anna.
“You know what is sensible but there is something that stops you from doing it.”
Ella, who was diagnosed with Orthorexia – an obsession with ‘clean eating’, has amassed thousands of followers on social media and inspires those suffering from eating disorders around the world.
“My goal is not only to show others that you can recover from an eating disorder, but that you can completely smash it, and can become the person you want to be,” Ella writes.
As she continues to grow stronger, Anna hopes to climb Machu Picchu in Peru next year in aid of charity having already conquered Tough Mudder.
“Now that the worst is behind me I find that challenging myself to complete physical and mental challenges is something that motivates me every day to keep going and to hopefully prove to others out there suffering that the world is a much more fun place when your body is strong enough to enjoy it. My first challenge was to complete a Tough Mudder, which I did in September so clearly climbing a mountain is the next logical step,” Anna said.
For information and support on Anorexia Nervosa or other eating disorders visit www.bodywhys.ie or call the Irish Helpline on: 1890 200 444