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Byline: Will Sutton

A young woman whose battle against anorexia left her weighing less than five stones is now helping others by publishing a book on her struggle.

Katie Metcalfe, 18, from Billingham, has achieved a remarkable turnaround during her young life.

She was only 15 when she went into West Lane Hospital, Middlesbrough, to get treatment for anorexia and her lowest point came when she weighed just four-and-a-half stones.

Now the brave teenager has beaten the condition and is looking forward to the release of her book, Sticks And Stones May Break My Bones But Words Will Forever Hurt Me.

Katie said: "I can't believe it has happened but it has been my dream to be an author ever since I was tiny.

"I knew exactly what I wanted to say in the book but it was hard to put everything down on paper and admit to things.

"It has been a long time coming but I really wanted to help other people."

Katie started writing the book during the nine months she spent at West Lane Hospital. Six months later she had written nearly 50,000 words and her book includes poems, photographs and letters from that time.

She said: "A lot of people have the wrong idea about anorexia and they think it is about wanting to be thin but it is also about wanting to please people and having control. The book also has diet sheets which I used. There are still some little things I measure now but I am a hell of a lot better.

"Life is too short to waste."

The Middlesbrough College student who studies catering at NVQ level 3 has already finished her next book, a children's novel, and hopes to be a full-time author.

She said: "I got so many rejections on my book you wouldn't believe. I never gave up though and it took JK Rowling ten years to get Harry Potter published."

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones But Words Will Forever Hurt Me is being published by Crystal Serenades and will be available from November 21.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 28, 2004
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