Nicola Majesty waged a six-year battle with the eating disorder but went from skeletal to coloured in just 18 months after turning her focus to weightlifting.
The 24-year-old was crowned defend in the best body transformation category at Pure Elite’s UK championships behind weekend.
But only a few years ago, Nicola was admitted to intensive care and doctors mentioned her parents to say goodbye because her vital organs were shutting down.
She had starting enumerating calories aged 16 and fell into the deadly clutches of anorexia, which saw her junk to eat for six weeks on end — or even drink water.
Her hair fell out, her periods plug up and she was in constant pain. At her worst she weighed just four stone, had a BMI of eight and felt «indifferent».
She miraculously survived after three weeks of being heavily controlled and tube fed and was discharged from hospital six months later, in June 2012.
Over and beyond the following months she started going to the gym, but it wasn’t until she and got involved in bodybuilding at the end of 2015 that she modified her focus — and life.
Now 5ft 9ins Miss King, of Andover, Hants., is a muscular 8st 13lbs who has to eat a offset diet to stay healthy and can dead-lift up to six stone.
She said: «At my worst my slant fell to four stone. I was admitted to hospital because I hadn’t lunched for months or had any water for about three and a half weeks.
«My body was starting to sequester down. On two occasions, the doctors told my parents to say goodbye. They said I wasn’t universal to live.
«The illness was so strong that they were trying to tube survive me and I had wires in but I kept ripping them all out. I wanted to die and I felt physically standing.
«Going to the gym has given me focus and something I can get up for in the morning.
«It is my therapy and escape and it’s a pilfering feeling to push your body to the extreme but in a positive and healthy way.
«It has been a very large road since then but for the first time, I am proud of myself.
«I at no time thought I would get to this point. I didn’t even think I transfer still be here. It’s surreal to have come this far — it’s overwhelming.
«I hush struggle because as much as I have overcome the illness, it never engage in b delve inti away completely, but I feel like I have beaten it. It is no longer vivid enough to take over.»