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'At 15 I weighed just over four stone... on my dad's 50th birthday doctors told my parents to prepare for my death'

Belfast woman Aoife Boyle tells Leona O'Neill how she plans to use what she learned from her harrowing battle with anorexia to help others with the illness

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All change: Aoife Boyle how she is today. Photo: Kevin Scott

All change: Aoife Boyle how she is today. Photo: Kevin Scott

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

All change: Aoife Boyle how she is today. Photo: Kevin Scott

All change: Aoife Boyle how she is today. Photo: Kevin Scott

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

All change: Aoife Boyle how she is today. Photo: Kevin Scott

All change: Aoife Boyle how she is today. Photo: Kevin Scott

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Aoife Boyle during her illness.

Aoife Boyle during her illness.

All change: Aoife Boyle how she is today. Photo: Kevin Scott

A young south Belfast woman who almost died battling anorexia when her weight plummeted to four stone is now fighting fit, weight training and planning a future in counselling to help others who find themselves on the same path she once walked.

Retail worker Aoife Boyle (21) says her eating disorder started suddenly when she was in her early teens and soon took over her entire life.

"I was 14 years old, just going into fourth year at school, and I don't really know what happened," she explains. "It was just a switch in my head flicked and day by day there was less and less food.