Lizzie Elsburg, 24, wasn’t looking for a boyfriend when she checked in for treatment weighing just 6.5 stone last August.
But she proved the saying ‘opposites attract’ by falling head-over-heels for Chris Glasgow, 28, who was morbidly obese and battling a junk food addiction.
Anorexia suffer … Lizzie, who used to eat just 100 calories a day
The unlikely couple surprised their friends and family by bonding during mealtimes — despite their drastically different diet.
Lizzie, who now weights a healthy nine stone, was told to pile her plate with food, while Chris was limited to muesli, salad and a small side plate of food for dinner.
Lizzie, who once ate just 100 calories a day, said: “At first I was a bit afraid of Chris. I couldn’t understand how anyone could let themselves get to that size.
“But after a while I got to know the person inside. I was able to see past his body issues, because I have body issues too.
“I use food by cutting it out, he uses food by overdoing it, so it’s the opposite but serves the same purpose.”
The pair were both determined to beat their eating disorders and bonded at counselling sessions where they were taught to have a healthier relationship with food.
They started dating in January this year and a month later they were engaged.
Chris, who used to binge on five takeaways a day, said: “When I found out through a friend that Lizzie liked me, I was really shocked.
“I didn’t think any girl would ever find me attractive, let alone one as beautiful as Lizzie. There’s no way I would ever hit on a girl like her in the past because I would have thought she’d just laugh at me.”
After leaving the clinic the couple now both attend weekly counselling sessions near Lizzie’s hometown of Lorton, Virginia where they live.
And the bride-to-be has a sneaky way of making sure Chris doesn’t slip back into his old habits.
She revealed: “If he doesn’t lose the weight then I won’t marry him.
“If he went back to eating fast food and junk food the relationship wouldn’t work from a health standpoint and from a point of physical attraction.”
Chris said: “There’s a lot on the line. But it makes me realise just how important it is to stay on track.”