Absolutely devastating. Lacey Smarr a high school freshman from Longview, Texas, tragically passed away on Feb. 2, after starving her body of essential nutrients that caused her to have a heart attack after fellow students teased her saying that her ‘butt looked big’ in volleyball shorts.
Tragically, a Texas freshman dropped dead from a heart attack after dropping from a healthy 126 lbs. to a skeletal 88 lbs. while fighting an eating disorder.
Lacey Smarr’s Death: 15-Year-Old Suffered A Heart Attack After A Eating Disorder
Lacey Smarr, a sweet blonde eight grader, was found unresponsive just one day after her 15th birthday after dwindling to a mere 88 lbs.
Her family believes the disorder, which triggered a heart attack, began after friends teased her for having a “big butt”. Her devastated mother, Candy Miller, is now launching The Lacey Foundation which will help raise awareness of the warning signs of eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia.
Lacey was found unresponsive by her stepdad James Miller who tried CPR on the teen at the family’s home before calling the ambulance, News Journal reports, after the teen left school early for not feeling well.
Candy revealed that she believes that her daughter’s eating disorder was brought on by her classmates. “They would tease, not meaning any harm — those girls loved Lacey,” Candy said. “They would just tease like some friends do. They would tell her that her butt looked big in the volleyball shorts. That’s all it took for Lacey.
After Lacey began to lose weight, Candy became concerned and took her daughter to see a doctor to see if she had an eating disorder, but instead she was diagnosed as having an ulcer and was prescribed an antacid, the publication reports.
“I blamed myself in the beginning (after Lacey’s death), but she fooled doctors,” Candy revealed. “She’s a very smart girl. She knew how to hide it.”
Candy Miller — Honors Late Daughter Lacey By Starting ‘The Lacey Foundation’
“If I had known the warning signs, known the symptoms. If I had been educated on it, I would’ve probably seen it and got my daughter some help,” Candy told News Journal. “It will not just be an awareness foundation but a foundation where people who want and need help can come. Where we can put you with the people who can help you — counselors, hospitals, treatment centers. I want to make my lack of knowledge other people’s knowledge.”
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— Caitlin Beck