Her name is Hayley Wilde and she’s been fighting anorexia for 8 years. Last month Hayley gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Michael who weighed 7 lb 14oz and is perfectly healthy.
Hayley is from Blackpool, is 20 years old now and she loves her body but in the past she suffered from a terrible modern disease : Anorexia Nervosa. In the following picture you can see the devastating effects of anorexia : Hayley weighed a bit over 5 stones when she was 16 years old.
Her problems started in secondary school. She started to skip meals and hide food because she thought being skinny would make her more popular. Since Hayley was 11 she and her family has been fighting anorexia. Because of her condition doctors told her she could have only ten days left to live.
For many months Hayley was hospitalized, she was fed through a tube and had no periods for 4 years. Thanks to proper medical care and lots of support and love from parents and friends, she slowly managed to defeat anorexia.
The happiest moment was last year when Hayley and her partner discovered she was pregnant.
I had to eat a normal diet, for my baby. I was eating healthily because of him. I like to be thin, thinner than I am now, but I don’t want to go back into hospital. I don’t want to be like that picture again. Daily Mail
Hayley is training to become a teacher and with the help of her family has set up a support group, Fighting for Freedom with Anorexia Nervosa.
For all of you ladies out there, find a balance in your life. Being happy is not about being skinny or being fat. It’s about loving your body and enjoying life. It’s wrong to be obsessed with your body.