After suffering from anorexia for half her life, Rebecca Jones weighs 70 pounds, less than her seven-year-old daughter, Maisy.
Jones, a medical secretary, survives on soup, toast and energy drinks. At the same time she encourages her daughter Maisy to enjoy chocolate and cupcakes.
The super thin mom, who at 5ft 1in is eight inches taller than her daughter, said: "Wearing the same clothes as Maisy gives me a sense of pride. It’s wrong, but it makes me feel good. I don’t think I’m thin, I always see myself as bigger."
Jones' eating disorder began following her parents’ divorce when she was 11. Comfort eating caused her weight to balloon, she was teased at school and lost confidence in herself. At 13, she says, "I pretty much stopped eating."
After a drastic weight loss, friends began complimenting her size ten figure and her family did not spot the dangers: "Mum just thought I’d lost my puppy fat. I was happier."
Jones met Maisy’s father when she was 19 and studying at Manchester University. She had assumed her anorexia had left her infertile and had no idea she was expecting until she felt a kick. A scan revealed she was 26 weeks pregnant.
"I had no idea," she told Closer magazine. "I was still in a size six, hadn’t put on weight and my stomach was flat. My boyfriend tried to tempt me to eat, but my stomach was so used to eating tiny amounts, proper food made me feel sick."
After splitting with her partner, Jones went on a liquid diet which took her weight down to 70 pounds: "I picked up one of Maisy’s skirts and it fitted perfectly. We share tops and jeans."
Doctors have warned her she is at risk of a fatal heart attack if she does not put on weight.
"I’m terrified I won’t see Maisy grow up," she said. "I’d love to eat, I can think of nothing nicer than going out for lunch with Maisy, but I can’t."
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