A set of parents in Suzhou have spent nearly 400,000 RMB on medical care to help their daughter whose body has been extensively damaged from extreme dieting, and are now seeking help from the media to save her, NetEase News reported.
The girl, named Xiaoxiao, began dieting in 2008 and has since shrunken down to a mere 39 kilograms (86 pounds). In addition to her startling weight loss, the young woman suffers from constipation, lack of appetite and her menstrual cycle has ceased for over a year.
Xiaoxiao dropped out of school for a year due to an operation she underwent for spine dislocation in 2007. As she recovered at home, her parents prepared meals for her to help her gain weight. At the time, she weighed around 55 kilograms (121 pounds).
“She’s tall, so the weight was just perfect,” said Xiaoxiao’s mother, surnamed Song.
When Xiaoxiao returned to school, she was surprised to see that her female classmates were eating much less than the year before. She realized that they’d all started dieting.
“I didn’t think I was fat at that time, but I still followed suit,” Xiaoxiao told reporters. From then on, she experienced constipation from lack of eating, and after taking laxatives, her intestines began functioning poorly.
Before Xiaoxiao went on diet.
Xiaoxiao describes herself as “skinny”. “Girls shouldn’t follow others who go on a diet, I think being bigger is better,” she said, expressing regret over her eating habits.
Xiaoxiao’s father told reporters that his family has spent 400,000RMB on medical fees since 2007. He planned to sell the house for his daughter’s treatment.
“She can’t afford to lose any more weight,” he told reporters. “Only if we can save her life…”
By Lucy Liu
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