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An Instagram influencer who shared her struggle online has tragically lost her battle with anorexia...

Anorexia is a debilitating illness...

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People with the eating disorder try to keep their weight as low as possible with excessive exercise or restrictive eating, sometimes both.

Due to the lack of essential nutrients, the body can start to shut down.

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People suffering from the illness often have a distorted image of their bodies, thinking they are overweight when they're not.

It's important to note that women and men of any age can get anorexia, but it's most common in young women...

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And sadly, one Instagram influencer has lost her battle with the disorder.

She has died aged just twenty-four.

German influencer, Josi Maria, shared her struggles on Instagram and had recently gone on vacation when tragedy struck. People have since come together to share their own struggles and offer their condolences over the devastating news...

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Maria dedicated her Instagram to sharing posts about her disorder...

Warning others of the dangers.

She said in a heartbreaking message...

"No, I don't take this picture because I'm proud of my appearance. "And no, I am also not posting it because I want to motivate others to look like me. "In fact yes, the reason I am posting this picture is because I am on a journey and I want you to join me."

"I want to share my thoughts, and show that I am actively fighting anorexia...

"I also want to say, that we should not hide ourselves away no matter what psychological illnesses we have."

Maria added...

"And I want to say to everybody who doubts themselves that you are all wonderful, and be yourself and don't try and change. "Follow your dreams, fight hard, and you will see the rewards."

After she died, Maria's mom said on social media: "You were an angel on earth."

"For your fight against this serious disease, we loved you, admired you until the very end, and yet we had to watch helplessly as you lost this battle. "You still had so many plans. You will always be in our midst, deep in our hearts, just unforgettable." She added: "I miss you so much, your mummy."

Maria died in Gran Canaria, falling asleep in her friend's arms and never waking up...

She suffered heart failure due to her illness. This is devastating news, and sadly, many people are dealing with their own battle against the illness right now. If you need help or know someone who does, visit the National Eating Disorders helpline here.