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By NICKY CHAMP
“I know I have to eat for the baby, but it’s hard to push the voices away that are telling me I’m fat.”
One British mother who is 35 weeks pregnant with her second child has spoken out about her struggle with anorexia and the daily battle she faces to keep her growing baby – a girl Isla – healthy.
Holly Griffith, 21, has been anorexic for 13 years and has already given birth to a healthy son named Dylan, now two.
Dylan weighed 5lb 10oz (roughly 2.3 kilos) at birth and during the pregnancy Griffith’s 170cm frame was so tiny that baby Dylan cracked one of her ribs and began to crush her lungs he struggled to grow inside her.
Griffith was induced at 37 weeks and gave birth after a labour of only 10 minutes. “I was so lucky he was OK,” Griffith revealed to Mail Online. “I felt so guilty I had put his life at risk.”
It was at the age of eight that Griffith first struggled with her body when she became hyper-aware of how she looked in her leotard at ballet class and subsequently put pressure on herself to lose weight. Four years later she was admitted to a children’s psychiatric clinic when she was roughly 19 kilos underweight.