Denver center helps those near death with eating disorders |

Denver center helps those near death with eating disorders

Kevin Simpson
Denver Post
In this photo taken July 6, 2016, physical therapist Michelle Laging, left, shows patient Dante Rana, a stretch at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health Medical Center. Dante is recovering from Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). (Michael Reaves/The Denver Post via AP)
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DENVER — After collapsing in the street across from her Kansas City, Missouri, home, 43-year-old Hallie Smith showed up at a hospital emergency room bleeding badly from a gash above her eye. But she heard a more dire diagnosis when the attending physician examined her gaunt physique: You’re going to die within 30 days if you don’t get help.

At that point, she was an emaciated 5-foot-7, growing weaker and missing work to the point she lost her job as an exercise instructor. People warned her she had gotten dangerously thin. She looked in the mirror and saw a fat person, reported The Denver Post.

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