An eating disorder is the third most common ailment among teenagers. Worldwide, one out of five teens suffers from an eating disorder, such as anorexia and bulimia, which eventually can lead to heart failure and a malfunction of the internal organs, causing death.

In a world filled with perfectly photoshopped supermodels, the normality of plastic surgery and exhortations to control your own destiny, it is hard for a teen to have a healthy acceptance of his or her body.

This acceptance is even harder when a teen hears the voice of “Ana,” as many anorexia patients call the illness. It tells afflicted teens that they look fat, and that thinner is always better.

Eating disorders are not only about being thin, as many may think. They also are about control. And in a teenager’s often stressful life, nothing is easier to control than the intake of food.

In the small village of Malawa in the south of Poland, young girls and boys struggling with eating disorders stay in a little yellow house, get treatment and try to recover enough to go back to a normal life.

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