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NO DAIRY, no gluten, no meat and no sugar. In fact, Ashlee Thomas would allow herself so little food, her parents were forced to do the unthinkable. Force feed their daughter, with a tube, all because she refused to eat.

Appearing on Channel 9’s 60 Minutes program on Sunday, the teenager revealed she became so obsessed with social media and influencers, eating a healthy diet and exercising almost killed her.

In a bid to get fit, Ms Thomas was inspired to exercise and clean up her diet with green juices and short, seven-minute workouts.

But before long, her interest became an addiction that led her to stop eating altogether, a condition known as orthorexia nervosa.

“(There were) comments of what you should eat and what you shouldn’t eat,” she told journalist Alison Langdon.

“I saw this beautiful body, what I saw as perfect, and I wanted to be like that. So I just gospelly followed it.

“When I became quite thin I got more compliments than ever, I got more likes, more followers.

“People were applauding my behaviour, applauding my look and so it just fed my disease thinking that what I was doing was right.”

Ashlee Thomas and her family shared their story with 60 Minutes in a bid to warn other parents about the dangers of social media and eating disorders.

Ashlee Thomas and her family shared their story with 60 Minutes in a bid to warn other parents about the dangers of social media and eating disorders.Source:Supplied

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