World's thinnest woman says she gets fan mail from girls
Weighing at just 56 pounds, extreme anorexic Valeria Levitin, is thought to be the thinnest woman in the world.
Her malnourished figure and matchstick-thin thighs should serve as a stark warning about the dangers of eating disorders.
But worryingly, Levitin, 39, said that she gets fan mail from girls desperate to copy her skeletal look.
"I have received emails from young girls who want me to teach them how to be like me," the Sun quoted her as saying.
"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," she said.
Levitin, who developed her eating disorder as a teenager, has chosen to speak out about how the illness has ruined her life, and how she is desperate to win her battle in order to have a family.
"I want to share my story to help sufferers and their families from repeating my fate," she said.
"I want young people to live happy, healthy and meaningful lives. Anorexia has made me lonely, unattractive and repulsive for the people around me," she added.
At 5ft 8in, Levitin's weight should be between 9st and 12st, according to NHS advice. Instead she is a horrifying 4st 3lbs, less than HALF of what her lightest healthy weight should be.
The crippling disorder has taken such a toll on her that she can no longer remember what bread tastes like.
Her daily diet now includes only fruit, one small meal of meat and vegetables. Many foods have to be avoided because they don't agree with her body any more.