Sophia Ellis Beats Anorexia to Become a Competitive Weightlifter


21 year old Student, Sophia Ellis, saw her health take a turn for the worse after anorexia took its toll on her body. But she’s since battled against the condition to return to full health.

Have you ever been addicted to healthy eating? When those salads just seem too good to avoid…This is what’s known as ‘orthorexia’.

Orthorexia is actually the condition Sophia suffered from, which led to her becoming worryingly skinny.

When she began her studies at Brighton college, things became worse, as her weight tumbled due to consuming little, if any food at all.

At her lowest point, she weighed just 5.5 stone (77 lbs), and when she collapsed while at work, her heart rate plummeted to a dangerously low 32BPM.

But she then came across the vegan community, which offered her the chance to overcome her health issues once and for all.

What Is Orthorexia?

According to Timberline Knolls, Orthorexia can be defined as:

‘Orthorexia is the term for a condition that includes symptoms of obsessive behavior in pursuit of a healthy diet. Orthorexia sufferers often display signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders that frequently co-occur with anorexia nervosa or other eating disorders’.

Pretty scary stuff, if you ask us. Who’d have thought that healthy eating could be such a bad thing?

Now we’re not saying you should go and blow your diet on burgers, pizza, and ice cream – a well balanced diet full of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates is ideal to reach your fitness goals.

So don’t go avoiding those leafy greens, brah!

Suffering from Poor Health

Sophia was rushed to hospital after her weight tumbled to dangerous levels. At this point, she was consuming just one slice of apple per day – a stark reminder of just how bad things had got for Sophia.

Recalling her darkest days, Sophia had the following to say:

“I lost it so quickly, I cut down to eating one bit of an apple a day. When I went to college in Brighton, it just got completely out of control. I was vomiting 14 times a day and my oesophagus ripped, I was just puking up blood”.

“I was just so isolated and very depressed, it got really bad the binges were just so awful. Things were just getting worse and worse and I ended up having heart problems because I had such a low weight, I kept collapsing”.


Image Credit: @sinfreesophia

Making a Positive Change

Sophia turned to consistent weightlifting, cardio, and regular yoga in order to nurse herself back to full health.

As well as this, she adopted a vegan diet, which Sophia says has allowed her to become healthier and leaner, as well as developing a better relationship with food.

Yoga and powerlifting have only just become part of her routine, but she’s already making waves, and is even due to start competing nationally as a powerlifter.

Now, she can deadlift 130kg, bench 70kg, and squat 100kg – a true representation of just how far she has come. On her progress, Sophia had this to say when speaking to The Daily Mail:

“Yoga really helped it makes you feel happy in your own body and with weightlifting I just wanted to feel strong again. It just gave me such a high doing the weightlifting, but it also got me lean and healthy”.

‘I’ve only just started powerlifting but I’ve been encouraged to compete nationally, I just can’t believe it. I just want people to know there is a way out for people if they reach out for professional help and value themselves”.


Image Credit: @sinfreesophia

Final Thoughts

Sophia Ellis hit rock bottom, but she found a way out – all thanks to her vegan diet and discovering fitness.

Her health issues are now a thing of the past, and she’s got a promising career within fitness ahead of her.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Sophia, then you can visit her Instagram page here, where she regularly updates her fans.

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