A YOUNG woman who battled an eating disorder for half a decade is giving something back by tackling a gruelling endurance challenge.

For five years Katie Scott struggled with anorexia nervosa, an emotional disorder characterised by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat.

After receiving extensive hospital treatment for a condition that can be fatal, the Crowthorne resident found herself on the mend.

On September 2 the 19 year-old will take part in the Inflatable 5k event in London to raise money for Beat, an eating disorder charity.

She said: “I'm most definitely not a runner so this will be a big challenge for me.

"Despite this, I am so passionate about raising awareness and helping others suffering from eating disorders.

"Any donations will make my challenge 100 per cent worth it."

Beat provide help to some of the 750,000 people affected by eating disorders in the UK each year.

Emily Case, Beat’s community fundraising officer, said: “Thank you so much to Katie, whose support will help Beat to change the lives of more people affected by eating disorders.

“By taking part in this challenge and representing us, Katie is helping to fund our Helplines and online support services.

"Beat could not exist without our fundraisers, so we are extremely grateful for her hard work and determination."

To support Katie, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Katiehannah98