Greta Thunberg Suffered from Eating Disorder Prior to Autism Diagnosis, Reveals Mother
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Greta Thunberg Suffered from Eating Disorder Prior to Autism Diagnosis, Reveals Mother

Greta Thunberg is one of the most talked-about teenage activists in the world, who is currently fighting for climate change

Greta Thunberg is one of the biggest names in the world right now, as the teenager fights hard to talk about climate change that is taking over the globe. However, when the activist started fifth grade back in 2014, she was diagnosed with depression and was unable to eat. Her mother, Malena Ernman reveals details of the Thunberg’s family life, especially Greta’s life, in her memoir, Our House Is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis.

In the upcoming book which is scheduled to hit shelves in March, Malena shared that Greta – who at the time was 11 - faced the possibility of feedings via tubes and IVs, reported The Guardian. Malena wrote, "She was slowly disappearing into some kind of darkness and little by little, bit by bit, she seemed to stop functioning. She stopped playing the piano. She stopped laughing. She stopped talking. And she stopped eating. After two months of not eating Greta has lost almost 10 kg [22 pounds], which is a lot when you are rather small to begin with. Her body temperature is low and her pulse and blood pressure clearly indicate signs of starvation. She no longer has the energy to take the stairs and her scores on the depression tests she takes are sky high.”

But after Greta’s weight stabilized, she was diagnosed with Asperger’s – a high-functioning autism and OCD, obsessive-compulsive disorder. It was around the same time that Greta watching a film about garbage in the oceans and knew that this is what she had to fight for. She resorted to climate change activism as the fuel she needed to live life to the fullest. It started with a strike from school outside the Swedish Parliament and within weeks, she was all over the news. Her strike sparked a movement for climate change. Now, in 2020, Greta has been nominated for the Nobel Prize.

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By Shaheera Anwar
A multimedia journalist who keeps a keen eye on the latest happenings in the world of entertainment and often writes reviews along with opinion pieces on some of the most-talked-about debates

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