Anorexic whose weight plummeted to just four stone makes amazing recovery – and lands a career as a model
An anorexic who almost died after her weight dropped to just four stone has made an amazing recovery – and landed herself a career as a model.
Skeletal Megan Armer survived off a single apple every other day when she was in the grip of the illness and aged 17, she weighed a tiny 4st 3lb – the average weight of a six-year-old.
But after a two year battle in hospital, Megan, from Leeds, Yorks, has finally fully recovered – and has even signed a contract with a modelling agency.
Megan, 22, left Leeds General Infirmary a healthy weight, but worried that her eating disorder had left her with uneven breasts, with one a B cup and the other a DD – which made her paranoid about her body.
But after going under the knife and having a breast enlargement, she finally felt confident enough to have some professional photos taken to embrace her body and was immediately snapped up as a model.
Shop assistant Megan said: “I used the anorexia as a way of controlling something.
“From primary school the other children used to called me a fat b*tch.
“They would never let me on the climbing frame, saying I was too heavy.
“I wasn’t particularly overweight, but sometimes kids can be so cruel.
“The amount I ate was something that only I had power over.
“I was living off an apple every other day.
“If I ever felt a bit hungry I would open a can of diet coke or pop in a chewing gum.
“After the surgery my body looks and feels more balanced.
“It’s given me the confidence to follow my dream of being a model.
“Before I would never have given anything like this a try.”
Megan’s problems started when she was 12 and, by the time she was her 15, her weight plummeted to a skeletal 4st 3lbs.
In order to drop as much weight as possible, she even abused laxatives which eventually led to a prolapsed bowel that required urgent surgery to fix.
The turning point for Megan was being admitted to a psychiatric ward for almost two and half years to help her battle the illness.
As she steadily gained weight, she was encouraged to remove all the scales from her house, but when she was last weighed she had recovered to a healthy 7st 2lbs.
Megan said: “I was so obsessive about my weight that I need to get rid of anything that could make me relapse.”
As a result of her eating disorder, Megan was left with uneven boobs – with one being two sizes larger than the other.
Having overcome anorexia, her wonky knockers were another shuddering knock to her fragile confidence.
Megan said: “Before one breast was a DD and the other a B.
“It was really noticeable and got me down.
“I’d wear the biggest, baggiest clothes to cover it up and it made me really conscious about my body.
“Having got my body to a healthy weight it was really frustrating.
“If I went on holiday I’d cover up to make sure nobody saw the difference – it was really upsetting.”
Having worked two jobs and 70 hour weeks to afford the surgery, she contacted cosmetic surgery firm Europesurgery, and now has used her EE boobs and boosted self-assurance to sign up with a modelling agency.
She said: “When I was anorexic, it was all about making everything smaller.
“The thought of having surgery to enlarge anything on my body would have repulsed me.
“Now I’ve got symmetrical boobs I feel like everything is coming full circle.
“Signing with the agency was a huge boost to my confidence.
“I would never dared think this would happen all those years ago.”
Adam Kalecinski, Megan’s surgeon, said: “I’m ecstatic with her results.
“We have a lot of patients who suffer with confidence issues and feel surgery is the way.
“I’m so happy that we have helped Megan boost her confidence.”