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Suffolk Instagram star shares anorexia battle with thousands of followers

An Instagram star from Suffolk with nearly 50,000 followers has opened up about her personal battle with anorexia.

Becky Evans from Felixstowe is better known as @beckyhomesweethomeaccout on the social media platform. She started sharing home makeover tips as a hobby. But, as her social media following changed and grew, so did her content.

Her Instagram page served as an outlet for her to share her own personal story of her fight with anorexia and addiction to laxatives, which threatened to ruin her life.

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"I remember standing on the scales and I was eight and half, then eight, then seven.

"It just went down and down but it didn't make me happier, it just made me iller.

"I don't want to die, I want to be here to watch my children grow up so I knew I had to stop. And social media has helped me because if I'm having a bad day - one of my 'fat days' - I tell people, I'm not happy today."

– Becky Evans

Now, Becky prides herself on 'keeping it real' as an antidote to the endless stream of air-brushed photos and picture-perfect posts which, she says, creates a fake, unhealthy and image-obsessed online world.

BEAT is the UK's leading charity supporting those affected by eating disorders.

Despite Becky using social media as a platform for good, they say social media can have both positive and negative influences on those with eating disorders.

"There's no evidence that social media causes eating disorders.

But there is, unfortunately, really good evidence that it can exacerbate it. That it can maintain that eating disorder in someone."

– Tom Quinn, BEAT
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