By Emma Pearson and Rebecca Lewis @JournoEmma1
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Marc Corn starved himself to a skeletal seven stone after school bullies targeted him for being ‘tubby’.
At his worst, the 26-year-old would have panic attacks when confronted with a plate of food and survived on liquids and chocolate mousse.
But after reconnecting with his childhood sweetheart on Facebook five years ago, Marc was given a reason to get better and as the relationship flourished, so did Marc’s weight.
Now 13 stone, Marc and his girlfriend Amy Parish, 25, are planning the future that Marc never thought possible.
He said: “Amy has helped me on the road to recovery and without her help I don’t think I could ever have made it this far.
“Since falling in love and gaining the weight I have never felt better.
“I was at death’s door before but now I am building my confidence and have a new lease of life.
“Before I met Amy I couldn’t have imagined anyone would love me but now I thank my lucky stars every day.
“When I was ill I cut myself off from the world and became so lonely. Anorexia took everything from me but now thanks to Amy I have it all.”
After years apart Amy could not believe how the disorder had not only affected Marc’s physical appearance, but his personality too.
She said: “He was really thin, there was nothing on him at all. He acted really differently, he used to be really energetic and was not worried about anything and was really fun. I think he lost some of that.”
The pair talked for months on Facebook and their phones about Marc’s problem and their old feelings began to resurface.
As their love grew Amy provided a positive support for Marc when his disorder got him down.
She said: “I was worried to begin with because I didn’t know how he was handling it himself, emotionally, mentally and physically.
“I’m a bit of an optimist when it comes to him. I have more faith in him than he does in himself. He doesn’t think he can get over anything and I’m just like yes you can, it just takes time and baby steps.”
And now Marc is getting back to a healthy weight his old personality is beginning to emerge.
Amy added: “He’s more himself and how I remember him than he was when we first got in contact.
"We joke around a lot and we’re always laughing and smiling. I’m not afraid he will relapse.”
Currently Marc, from Essex, and Amy, from Stoke-On-Trent, have a long distance relationship, but Marc hopes that in the future they will relocate to be together.
He said: “I’m definitely in it for the long haul – I owe Amy so much and her love and encouragement has given me my life back.”