Many women are concerned about their bodies. Diet tips and "how I lost weight" stories dominate women's magazines, and no one bats an eyelash when someone declares they will be going on an extreme calorie-restrictive diet or a crash diet before a big event. But for some women, it is the start of a dangerous journey. 

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At 5'7" and 125 pounds, Rachel Farrokh was already trim by many standards. Still, she wanted to tone up her abs and started an innocent diet. 


It wasn't long before her diet spun out of control. She has now been anorexic for over a decade, and weighs little over 40 pounds. 

The extreme weight loss has resulted in a slew of medical problems including multiple organ failures and her husband, Rod Edmondson, has had to quit his job to care for her full time. 


She is ready to change, but in a tragic twist of fate, she is too underweight to be attended to by most facilities that help people overcome anorexia. The refeeding process is tricky and poses its own dangers as the body may react traumatically to a sudden influx of nutrition. In a public plea for help, she made this powerful video below. 

Her husband has set up a GoFundMe page hoping to raise the funds to get Rachel to Denver Health's ACUTE Center, the only facility that specializes in the treatment of critically ill patients of eating disorders. They have met their financial goal, but the journey is only beginning. You can continue to send Rachel encouragement and follow her story of recovery on their Facebook page: Rachel's Road To Recovery

Listen to Rachel's story here. Cases as extreme as hers are rarely spoken of only because the mortality rate is so high. If you are struggling with an eating disorder and need help, you can contact NEDA's toll free hotline: 1-800-931-2237