TWELVE years ago she almost died as a result of anorexia.

But now she’s a doctor who is about to launch a new film to inspire youngsters in Romsey and across the world.

Dr Elizabeth McNaught was 14 and a pupil at The Romsey School when she had to be hospitalised and almost died as a result of anorexia.

But with lots of support and determination she has changed her life for the better and has become a junior doctor passionate about increasing public awareness of eating disorders and helping other sufferers.

Now the 26-year-old, who lives in Bath, has returned to Romsey to shoot a new film with students at The Romsey School.

Spot the Signs is aimed at pupils in years seven to 10, as well as the general public.

The film uses the mnemonic ABCDE (absence, body, control, diet, exercise) to help pupils, teachers and families to spot the signs of an eating disorder and to know how to respond.

“As a former pupil, I was thrilled to be back at The Romsey School to create a health education film which will help pupils, teachers and families around the world to spot the signs of an eating disorder and know how to respond appropriately,” said Dr McNaught.

“Medical evidence clearly shows that early intervention is valuable for a full and sustained recovery, so it is wonderful to be working with current pupils to produce this important resource,”she added.

Dr McNaught, her father Nick Pollard and the students have worked on the film, which was shot at the Romsey School last week.

It will be released in spring.

Executive headteacher at The Romsey School, Jonathan de Sausmarez, said: “We are delighted that our pupils are involved in this innovative film project to help to raise awareness of this crucial issue. The fact that we are able to welcome Lizzie back as a former pupil to share her own experience of eating disorders with our students – both as an anorexia survivor and as a junior doctor – makes this project even closer to our hearts.”

A premiere will be held at The Romsey School in January.

As previously reported, the national rise in eating disorder cases has been reflected in the number of people calling Beat’s helpline to seek treatment.