Phoebe Combes shares struggle with anorexia

Phoebe Combes is a Sydney-based professional dancer and budding model who suffered from a debilitating eating disorder at just 15. 

She was admitted to Westmead Children’s Hospital and diagnosed with anorexia but ‘didn’t admit to having it until the end’ of her stint there.

Now 17-year-old Phoebe, who follows a vegan lifestyle and no longer feels ‘guilty’ about food, is encouraging other sufferers to get help ‘before your freedom is taken away’.

‘Hospital was absolutely the worse experience of my life,’ Phoebe told Daily Mail Australia.

Phoebe Combes is now a budding fashion model using her Instagram platform to encourage other girls with a mental illness to get help

Admitted to hospital: ‘I was dangerously underweight with a BMI of 12 (under 18.5 is considered very underweight), at risk of my heart stopping, and had terribly low blood pressure,’ she said

‘I was admitted through emergency and only then was I diagnosed with anorexia nervosa.

‘I was dangerously underweight with a BMI of 12 (under 18.5 is considered very underweight), at risk of my heart stopping, and had terribly low blood pressure. 

‘I was being fed through a tube that went up my nose down the back of my throat and into my stomach (nasogastric tube). This tube stayed there for the whole five weeks I was admitted. 

‘My stay in hospital was hard. I was only allowed to see my family from 3-8pm each day but I had hardly any visits as it was very far away from where I live. 

‘Over the five weeks I suffered with severe depression, anxiety, vomiting, constant nosebleeds, chest pain, 25 blood tests sometimes two to three a day, my skin was so dry it was ripping, high temperatures from having the flu, tube fed every night that was over 1000 calories plus eating six times a day. 

Phoebe was in Westmead hospital for a total of five weeks and said her stay was ‘hard’

‘It started when I was around 14 but didn’t get really bad until I was 15. I started to eat only “healthy” foods. I was going to the extreme… I mean like putting every single fruit and vegetable in a smoothie (zucchini , spinach, kale with a fruit smoothie),’ she said

‘My mum decided to pull me out of there once I was at a stable weight… Hospital was horrible but necessary, my weight restored and it was so bad that I will never go back,’ she said.

As a rising star and performing arts student, Phoebe’s whole day previously ‘revolved around exercising and thinking about food and calories.’

‘When I was in my depths of my eating disorder I was so very miserable,’ she said.

‘It started when I was around 14 but didn’t get really bad until I was 15. I started to eat only “healthy” foods. I was going to the extreme… I mean like putting every single fruit and vegetable in a smoothie (zucchini , spinach, kale with a fruit smoothie).

‘As I started getting further into the…

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