Valeria Levitin is called the thinnest woman in the world.
Valeria suffers from eating disorders and urges young girls to not follow in her footsteps.
“All the letters I’ve had are from women, mainly in their twenties, who see me as some kind of inspiration.
“This is why I want to campaign against anorexia. I am not going to teach them how to die. It is not a game, it is not a joke, it is your life.”
Valeria developed her eating disorder in her teens. She wants to speak out about how the illness has ruined her life. She wants to tell girls and women that she desperately wants to win this battle in order to have a family.
“I want young people to live happy, healthy and meaningful lives. Anorexia has made me lonely, unattractive and repulsive for the people around me.”
Her daily diet only include fruit, a small amount of meat and vegetables. She can no longer eat many types of food because her body will reject them.
Valeria admits that she has not been in a relationship for 10 years because her illness makes her miserable.
She said it was difficult to be with someone when you are always in a bad mood.
Her nutritional intake can only be done by taking supplements. It is also to help counter the risk of bruising.
And because of her fragile state, she tries to avoid situations where she could fall or cause injury to herself.
Valeria wants to move back to Moscow to see if she can get any better.
The disturbing part of this is the many letters she receives from her “fans.”
Read one of her fan letters:
Hello dear Valeria,
I am 23 and weigh 8½st and I do not like myself this way. I want to look skinny like Thumbelina. Nobody can persuade me not to diet, even though I acquired gastritis and pancreatitis.
I have tried all kinds of diets but they all yielded only temporary results. On my present diet I do not feel hungry eating 10½oz to 14oz of food per day, I cannot return to my old way of eating because I fear I will gain weight.
All my relatives are telling me it will hurt me, that I will be a victim of anorexia. I am a little worried that one day I will be faced with a problem of critically low weight and I want to know when to get worried. When did it happen to you?
What do you think of this story? What is causing women to want to be skinny?