Japanese woman tweets pics of herself from 10 years ago when she weighed just 16.8kg
The woman from Kyoto is in her 20s now and has a healthy weight.
A woman from Japan has posted selfies of herself on Twitter from when she weighed just 37lbs (16.8kgs).
Known only by her Twitter handle, Wild Cabbage, the woman says that she suffered years of domestic abuse at the hands of her own grandfather that led to her skeletal frame.
In a series of posts on the social media site last month, the woman spoke about how her grandfather used to refuse to feed her and also physically abused her when he caught her eating in secret.
Before she was hospitalized 10 years ago, the woman took a series of selfies looking alarmingly thin with her bones protruding from almost every part of her body. The woman is from Kyoto, central Japan.
The woman wrote how her grandfather would starve her repeatedly when she was living with him more than a decade ago.
She said in the tweet that she was "forbidden to eat" and that her abusive grandfather allegedly used to "kick [her] in the belly". She also says in the post that when she was caught eating in secret, her grandfather used to force her to spit out the food.
The violent physical abuse used to make her vomit out any food she had managed to ingest. The woman ultimately weighed a measly 16.8kgs on the scale before she finally went to the hospital.
The woman has asked all those who are suffering from eating disorders or from similar physical abuse to "ask for help before it's too late" and not to wait.
She added in her post that according to experts she was "ten minutes away from death" when she was eventually rescued by authorities.
Social media users immediately accused her of faking the pictures so she posted a series of images of her allegedly in the hospital which showed dark bruises on her neck and her chest.
The woman is now in her 20s and says that she recovered from her harrowing ordeal and is of a healthy weight 10 years on from the abuse she faced.
The woman did not give away any information about her grandfather and whether any action was taken against him. She has also not said anything about whether any of the other family members were in the residence at the time she was subjected to the abuse.
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