A anorexia sufferer whose weight dropped to six stone when bullies drove her to eat just 500 calories a day has transformed her life after realising she would "end up dead" if she continued to starve herself.

Yasmine Walkfield also became "obsessed" with exercise and suffered a catalogue of horrific health conditions including heart problems, her periods stopping and losing her hair.

The 20-year-old from Crewe in Cheshire, was also so cold all the time that she would get chilblains on her hand.

She has spoken out about the severity of her three-year long eating disorder battle after she sought medical help in June and has since gained 5st 5lbs in the last six months, the Manchester Evening News reports.

The 5ft 7ins vegan food blogger now weighs a healthy 11st 9lbs and is determined to share her incredible transformation to show other sufferers that "there is light at the end of the tunnel".

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She said: "When I tried to recover in the past, I didn't really want to get better and I felt forced into a situation but this time I had a completely different mindset.

"I never knew I could be this determined. I have done a lot of work and my treatment has gone so much better this time.

"It's only been a few months and I feel like a completely different person, it's crazy. I am so proud of how far I've come.

"I have increased my eating and I don't feel the compulsion to workout anymore. It's been the hardest thing I have ever done but also the most amazing.

"Obviously weight gain is a crucial part of it but with the weight gain, I have also gained so much of my life back.

"I feel so much better, I have more energy, my hair has stopped falling out and my period is back, which is amazing.

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"I also feel much more confident and comfortable in my body, which I never thought would happen."

The grips of anexoria first took hold of Yasmin when she decided to shed some pounds ahead of her school prom after enduring years of bullying because of her weight.

Yasmin said: "Throughout school, I was always bullied for being fat. It really affected me.

"Looking back now it's ridiculous, I was just a normal size. I was a size 10-12 but all the other girls were a size 6-8 so I was compared to them but I wasn't actually big.

"At the time it really made me upset. I felt like being fat was the worst thing I could be. I used to go home and cry my eyes out and I got quite low.

"When I had prom coming up, I decided I was going to lose weight for it. It started out as a healthy diet that got out of control."

Yasmin dramatically restricted her eating and felt compelled to do at least an hour of high-intensity interval training every day and she walked everywhere.

She would eat an omelette made from two egg whites for breakfast, salad leaves and half a tin of tuna for lunch and half a baked sweet potato and salmon fillet for dinner.

While her mum Roisin O'Neill, 45, constantly raised concerns about her daughter's limited diet, Yasmin refused to accept there was anything wrong.

Yasmin's weight plummeted to just 7st in 10 months and after visiting her doctor to discuss her irregular menstrual cycle,she was diagnosed with anorexia in November 2015.

Despite spending 10 days in hospital in January 2016 due to having a dangerously low heart rate and blood pressure , Yasmin still wanted to get thinner as body dysmorphia had taken hold of her.

By the time she started therapy with the ED team in March 2016, Yasmin weighed just 6st 4lbs.

Still consumed by her anorexia, Yasmin admits she didn't want to recover and discharged herself from ED services after just a few months and only gaining 1st 8lbs.

Over the next three years, Yasmin refused to confront her anorexia and simply stopped weighing herself completely..

She became so frail, she couldn't go to college or university and "missed out on being a teenager as she constantly felt too weak and tired to go out with her friends.

The wake up call she needed happened when she finally stepped on the scales earlier this year and realised she was back at her lowest weight.

Determined to get herself back on track so she could go to university next year, Yasmin asked her GP for a referral to the eating disorder service.

Yasmin said: "When I hit my lowest weight again earlier this year, I was so miserable and unhappy. I had nothing in my life.

"I knew I could carry on like this and end up dead or fight for the life I want. I knew I needed to recover and be in a bigger body.

"I set myself a list of goals, the main one being to go to university next year. I had to delay college and university because of my eating disorder.

"One of the things that upsets me the most is that I completely missed out on my teen years. I didn't go on nights out or have any friends.

"I really missed out on being a teenager and what can be the best years of people's lives.

"This disorder had already taken five years from me, I wasn't going to let it take anymore. And I'm definitely going to make up for all the lost time."

Now at a healthy weight, Yasmin is determined to inspire others battling with EDs and show them that recovery is possible.

The social media influencer, who has 16,800 Instagram followers, also runs a plant-based recipes and wellness blog named Nourishing Yas to share her recovery journey.

Yasmin said: "Sharing my story, I just want to show people that you can recover and everyone has it in them to beat this.

"I want people to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel, you don't have to live with your eating disorder forever.

"And I also want to show people that they really need to think about how they treat others because you don't know what's going through their head or how it's going to affect them.

"Sometimes people don't realise the impact their words can have and how badly bullying can affect people."

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