Underweight Mum has an Overweight Imagination
At 30 years and just 5st, Kelly Smith weighs less than her 8 year old daughter.
At only 5st, Kelly, 30, enjoys buying and sharing clothes with her 8 year old daughter, Gracie. She says “Sharing clothes with Gracie makes me feel good. I don’t think I’m thin, I’ll always feel bigger.”
Kelly’s eating disorder began at age 13. Following her parents divorce, she began comfort eating and weighed 13st. She states she was bullied and teased at school which made her feel lonely and depressed. However, a year later she says “I simply stopped eating and people at school began complimenting my figure. I felt a lot happier.” Kelly’s family did not realise she was endangering her health.
Within her pregnancy months, doctors strongly recommended Kelly to eat more nutrients and protein and provided her with medication. “I really tried to eat for the baby, but I felt sick when I ate bigger foods so I continued with my soups, bread and energy drinks.”
Gracie’s weight has now passed her mothers. Kelly is especially happy Gracie is eating well and states she is glad Gracie enjoys cupcakes and chocolate.
Kelly has recently been warned she is in a serious risk of a fatal heart attack. Kelly is worried if she won’t be able to watch Gracie grow up. She confirms “I just want Gracie to grow up knowing she doesn’t need diets and not follow me. I would really love to go out and enjoy a big meal with Gracie but I can’t.”