‘Greta Thunberg was ‘disappearing into some kind of darkness’ before discovering her mission to save the world from climate change, her mother has revealed.
Malena Ernman has told of her daughter’s struggle with autism and an eating disorder in a new book written by the Thunberg family.
She describes how Greta, now the world’s most recognised climate change activist, became unwell aged 11.
Psychiatrists diagnosed her with autism, which Ernman describes as ‘high-functioning Asperger’s’, as well as obsessive compulsive disorder.
‘She was slowly disappearing into some kind of darkness,’ Ernman writes.
‘She stopped playing the piano. She stopped laughing. She stopped talking. And she stopped eating.’
Malena Ernman has told of her daughter’s struggle with autism and an eating disorder in a new book written by the Thunberg family. Singer Ms Ernman is pictured above
Ernman, a celebrated Swedish opera singer, and her actor husband, Svante Thunberg, reveal their difficulty in coping with their daughter’s increasing silence and refusal to eat anything except tiny amounts of rice, avocado and gnocchi.
‘After two months of not eating, Greta has lost almost 10kg [1.5st], which is a lot when you are rather small to begin with,’ Ernman writes.
‘Her body temperature is low and her pulse and blood pressure clearly indicate signs of starvation.’
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