Valeria Levitin, the “world’s skinniest woman” tried to educate others about the dangers of anorexia. The 39-year-old and 56-pound woman was reportedly horrified that she was being portrayed a role model for young women bent of being super skinny.
Levitin was originally from Russia but now lives in Monaco, Radar Online notes. She reportedly suppers from an extreme form of anorexia. Her skin resembles the look of leather and appears to be merely draped over her tiny skeleton.
She battled the possibly deadly disease that caused her body to begin wasting away. Experiencing daily physical pain has not deterred Valeria from continuing with her campaign to educate young girls about the dangers of becoming anorexic in an attempt to save the suffering of others.
The world’s thinnest woman had this to say during an interview with the Huffington Post:
“I am not going to teach them how to die. It is not a game, it is not a joke, it is your life. I want to share my story to help sufferers and their families from repeating my fate. Anorexia has made me lonely, unattractive, and repulsive for the people around me. My eating disorder has robbed me of so much. People don’t want to be around someone who is not in a good mood or not upbeat.”
A representative from the eating disorder charity Beat stated that the shock of looking at photos of an emaciated woman will not cure anorexia sufferers. The Beat spokeswoman fears that viewing the graphic photos could actually trigger the “competitive” nature of eating disorder sufferers and prompt them to eat even less food.
Looking at the photos of Valeria Levitan now it is difficult to imagine that she was once an extremely attractive and curvy young woman who enjoyed catching some rays on the beaches of Mexico.