FRIGHT IN NIGHT

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by ISOBEL DICKINSON isobel.dickinson@dai­lystar.co.uk

CREEPY “tunes” which freaked out lo­cals in Ip­swich have been traced to a faulty bur­glar alarm.

AN anorexic model who was told to take diet pills by bosses is now a per­sonal trainer.

Chloe Thomas weighed just seven and a half stone and was so thin you could wrap your hand around her up­per arm.

But book­ers at her Lon­don agency called the then 24-year-old into a meet­ing to warn her she was gain­ing too much weight.

She said: “They had blown up a pho­to­shopped pic­ture of my face from a mag­a­zine shoot and a re­cent one of me and told me to look at the dif­fer­ence.

“They said, ‘Chloe you aren’t get­ting as much work and it’s be­cause you’re get­ting fat­ter’.

“They told me to cut salt out of my diet, start do­ing more car­dio and take water re­ten­tion pills ev­ery day to help with my ‘bloated face’.

“I was dev­as­tated. They knew about my anorexia and had been my agency for years. I thought they cared about me, but all they cared about was mak­ing money.”

It was at that point Chloe re­alised she needed to quit the in­dus­try if she wanted to re­cover.

She said: “I knew I had to leave that en­vi­ron­ment or I’d never truly get bet­ter.

“You could wrap your hand around the top of my arm. My col­lar bones and shoul­ders jut­ted out from my body and I had no boobs or bum.”

Chloe, now 26, saw her weight plum­met to just 6.5st aged 16 and was so un­well her lips and fingers turned blue. Her anorexia was so se­vere she de­vel­oped mood swings and anaemia, and be­came sleepy, an­ti­so­cial and would of­ten faint.

At her worst, doc­tors told her her heart rate was so slow she nearly died – prompt­ing her to get bet­ter.

Af­ter mak­ing a re­cov­ery she was scouted by model agents at the age of 19, and went on to model for Kanye West, Gucci and Vogue.

Chloe, who now weighs 11st, quit mod­el­ling two years ago and has turned her life around.

She did a nu­tri­tion course, be­came a reg­is­tered per­sonal trainer and now also works as a life coach.

She said: “Re­cov­ery has made me look at life so dif­fer­ently. It has made me ap­pre­ci­ate food so much more and I feel grate­ful I have re­cov­ered.”

For help with eat­ing prob­lems talk to Beat – beat­eat­ingdis­or­ders.org.uk.

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