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Mother-of-one tells how she overcame anorexia and depression by becoming a BODYBUILDER

A mother-of-one has revealed how she overcame anorexia and depression by becoming a bodybuilder.

Kira Hollis was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder three years ago after a lengthy battle with depression and body dysmorphia.

She had been self-harming and experienced from aggressive outbursts - and at just 6st, she was deemed clinically underweight. 

he 27-year-old, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, was ordered by doctors to go to the gym in a bid to gain some weight.

There, she turned her life around and is now a personal trainer.

Now a healthy 9.5st, Ms Hollis says bodybuilding changed her life and gave her the confidence to overcome her depression.  

 

She said: 'Doctors pushed me to go the gym so I could put weight on but it did so much more than that.

'It was something to focus on: for the first time in my life I had a real hobby. Working out has completely changed my life. It's given me focus and purpose.

'I'm still on medication but I couldn't be happier. I work hard, I've got a lovely little girl and a wonderful boyfriend.'

Ms Hollis's six-year-old daughter Olivia has been a huge help in her recovery as well as her boyfriend Michael Dennis, 27, has supported the pair after Olivia's father left shortly after Ms Hollis found out she was pregnant.

She said: 'It was a really difficult time for me and my family. I was a mess and I was lashing out at myself but I've come a long way since then.' 

 

'Olivia's been an absolute star. Having her around changed my mind-set and made me realise life wasn't just about me.

'It gave me a bit of perspective and looking after her had to take priority.'

Ms Hollis was also helped by the Cherry Orchard Clinic in Tamworth and medication from her doctor. 

The former model started a college course in gym instruction after she started visiting The Fitness Hub in Tamworth three years ago.

And her story went viral after she uploaded a video online, which has now been more than two million times.

She said: 'It's been amazing, and so many people have been sharing their story.

'People from all over the world have seen it, from Australia, America, New Zealand and Spain. It has been really heart-warming to see so many people affected by it.'

Ms Hollis, who recently won a bronze medal at a regional Strongest Woman competition, has also set up a Facebook support group for people with mental illness to share her experience.