12-year-old warns of dieting app after collapsing from malnutrition

12-year-old warns of dieting app after collapsing from malnutrition (Image 1)

A Murfreesboro middle school student learned the hard way that not all information on the Internet can be trusted, and now she’s hoping to warn others who might be at risk.

Marinda Mood, 12, is happy, healthy, active and smart, but just like most middle-schoolers, she’s been bullied.

“It started in fifth grade,” Marinda told News 2. “This one boy called me a refrigerator.”

Comments like that led Marinda to try dieting over the summer, and like most young people, she went straight for her smart phone.

And yes, there’s an app for that.

“I downloaded it and it told me to eat 1,200 calories a day,” said Marinda. “I don’t know why but I was just so eager to be skinny, I didn’t realize that wasn’t enough.”

After just two days on the diet, she collapsed in her kitchen.

Marinda’s mom called 911 and she was hospitalized for malnutrition and dehydration.

Since her collapse, Marinda is still eating healthy, but now she’s following her doctor’s advice on portion sizes and healthy eating habits.

She now hopes to use the experience to warn other girls her age about the risks of taking advice from the Internet, and more importantly, to remind young people that they don’t have to look a certain way to be happy.

“You don’t have to be skinny. You just need to be who you are and stay like that. I realize that and now I’m happy,” Marinda said.

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