And it wasn’t all just weight loss, either.
The cycle of restriction and binge eating is a dangerous one for the body. Gemma frequently partook in binge eating and “re-feeding syndrome,” which would cause her to consume enormous amounts of food in one sitting.
It was all about the back and forth.
In as little as 20 minutes, Gemma could consume upwards of 6,000 calories which would cause her to pass out and hallucinate. Then, weeks later, she’d end up restricting herself and lose a dangerous amount of weight.
The pain was often too much to bear.
That’s why Gemma began cutting her arms, a practice that has it’s own terrifying set of risks.
Eventually, though, she was able to begin recovering.
And this young woman knows she has her parents to thank.
Now, at age 22, she is running a successful business.
She’s also dedicated her life to being an inspiration on social media and the internet for other girls just like her.