Anorexia Nervosa: Woman Weighing 44 Pounds Is Pleading For Help From The World

A woman from San Clemente, California, is begging for help in beating one of the most severe cases of anorexia nervosa that some have ever seen. Rachael Farrokh is 5-foot-7 and weighs only 44 pounds, and she has now taken to the internet to try and get her some help for beating her disease.

At 37 years old, Farrokh has been suffering from anorexia for more than 10 years, according to the NY Daily News.

In a YouTube video titled “Road to Recovery,” Farrokh explains her situation. “I’m suffering from an eating disorder and it’s a very severe kind of anorexia.”

Things took a turn for the worse almost 10 years ago when she lost her job as a senior account executive, and she fell into deep depression. At the time of losing her job, she weighed 125 pounds, and she was dealing with what she called “the perfect storm.”

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Not only had she lost her job, but she was also dealing with trauma from her past.

“My name’s Rachael. I need your help,” she says in the video. “In order for us to get there — and I’m not one to ever ask for help — I need your help. We need your help. Otherwise, I don’t have a shot, and I’m ready to get better. So please, if there’s anything you can do to save my life, please click this link that you’ll see and do anything you can. Anything will help.”

That is from her Go Fund Me page put up by her husband, Rod Edmonson. He has also said that hospitals have refused to treat his wife due to her not meeting the minimum weight requirements.


As of late Saturday evening, they had raised over $150,000 of their $100,000 goal, and that’s just in 23 days. Every little bit more helps them for whatever the future may bring for Rod Edmonson and Rachael Farrokh.

Treatment is going to include a refeeding process which is said to be very risky and can bring about serious health dangers to Farrokh. At this point, she’s wondering what is there really to lose as the help is necessary.

“The refeeding syndrome will involve the body’s attempt to adapt to a sudden introduction of nutrients,” Doctor Michael Strober, UCLA professor of psychiatry, told ABC News. “Too rapid increase of calories can result in the metabolic adaption which is associated of a number of hazards, which can be life-threatening.”

Rod Edmonson has quit his job and become a full-time caregiver for his wife. He doesn’t mind that, but he does mind how the anorexia nervosa is destroying her life and tormenting her every single moment. Rachael Farrokh wants to beat this and the world may help her do it.

[Image is YouTube screenshot of “Road to Recovery”]