Anorexia took away almost everything from Carys, until she became a shell of her past happy self.

Three and a half years ago Carys wasn’t even allowed to attend PE lessons at school, but last weekend she crossed the finish line after completing the Cardiff Half Marathon.

Carys Scruton, 19, along with her older sister Elinor, 21, ran the marathon to raise awareness and funds for Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity.

The sisters, of Pontardawe, chose to support Beat after Carys used the charity’s helplines to discuss her feelings when she didn’t feel ready to speak to family during her recovery from anorexia nervosa.

For Elinor and her family, it was a great comfort to know that Carys could talk to professionals and people with experience when she was unwell.

Carys said “Anorexia took away almost everything until I became a shell of my past happy self.

“Every aspect of my life was corrupted by anorexia.

“Without the help and support of Beat through such a difficult time I would definitely be still in the grips of anorexia.

“Alongside fundraising for Beat, by sharing my experience of such a complex and misunderstood disease, I hope to help others see past the stigma surrounding eating disorders, such as Anorexia, and realize the severity of such a horrible disease.

“With the right support, such as the amazing support I had from Beat, and the right treatment, anorexia can be beaten.”

Elinor said: “We were fortunate that Carys overcame her anorexia and is now able to take part in this incredible event, however, for many of eating disorder sufferers this is not the case.

“Unfortunately, we still live in a society where eating disorders and other mental health disorders are not given the same status as physical conditions, and this really needs to change.

“Three and a half years ago Carys wasn’t even allowed to attend PE lessons at school, so completing the half marathon alongside her will mean the world to me.”

Carys and Elinor have so far raised over £660 for Beat.

At least 1.25 million men and women of all ages and backgrounds, are affected by an eating disorder in the UK. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness but recovery is possible.

Finding treatment quickly is crucial in saving lives and Beat can provide the first contact to guide and support people in accessing the treatment they need.

The charity supports thousands of people every year through its helplines, message board, online services, and HelpFinder, an online directory of support services, which are funded by supporters.

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