Young Mum Conquered Anorexia After Getting A Job At McDonald's

14/08/2014 16:56 | Updated 22 May 2015

Young mum conquered anorexia after getting a job at McDonald's

A young mum conquered the anorexia that threatened her life - by getting a job at McDonald's.

Mum-of-two Jo Thompson, 21, suffered from the eating disorder since the age of 11 and was once given just 48 hours to live.

But after getting a job at the burger chain, she fell in love with her boss, who motivated her to eat again.

And despite fears the illness may have made her infertile, the couple have gone on to have two healthy babies.

Jo developed anorexia and anxiety attacks at 11. Within six months, weighing just 4st, she was being tube fed in hospital and was given 48 hours to live.

She recovered slightly but for six years survived on just peas and water, doing star jumps to lose even more weight.

Then, aged 17, Jo realised that getting used to seeing people eating was the only way she would recover. So she applied for a job at McDonald's and immediately fell in love with manager Zoheb Khan, 25.

Jo recalled: "We would have lunch together and he'd say 'I'm not eating mine until you've eaten yours'.

"He helped me battle my disorder and I began to feel happy again. People were shocked when I got the job but I had to prove I could beat my demons."

Seven months after they met the pair moved in together in Solihull, West Midlands.

Doctors told them the damage caused by anorexia meant it unlikely Jo would ever become a mum. But they were wrong.

Jo said: "One day I felt a flutter in my tummy and just knew I was pregnant.

"I loved it. For the first time I felt it was acceptable to put on weight. Anorexia is not in control any more – I have my two beautiful children to look after now so I will never let myself become ill again.

"Zoheb still works at McDonald's and I have started a college course. Anyone can become anorexic – it's not a choice girls make. But my story shows there can be a happy ending."


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