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Greta Thunberg’s mother reveals how the climate activist “stopped talking and eating” at the age of 11

Greta Thunberg’s mother reveals how climate activist “stopped talking and eating” at the age of 11 while struggling with autism and eating disorder before discovering her mission to save the world

  • The world’s most recognized climate change activist Greta Thunberg fell ill at the age of 11
  • Her parents show that they have difficulty with the increasing silence of Greta
  • Miss Thunberg didn’t eat nearly a stone and a half after two months
  • Her mother told about how Greta’s epiphany about the climate changed her mood

Greta Thunberg was ‘disappearing into a kind of darkness’ before she discovered her mission to save the world from climate change, her mother revealed.

In a new book from the Thunberg family, Malena Ernman talked about her daughter’s struggle with autism and an eating disorder.

She describes how Greta, now the world’s most recognized climate change activist, became unwell at the age of 11.

Ernman, a celebrated Swedish opera singer, and her actor husband, Svante Thunberg, reveal that they have difficulty with the increasing silence of their daughter and the refusal to eat anything except small amounts of rice, avocado and gnocchi. The pair is pictured together above

Ernman, a celebrated Swedish opera singer, and her actor husband, Svante Thunberg, reveal that they are struggling with their daughter’s increasing silence and refusal to eat anything except small amounts of rice, avocado and gnocchi. The pair is pictured together above

Psychiatrists diagnosed her with autism, which Ernman describes as “highly functioning Asperger’s,” as well as an obsessive compulsive disorder.

“She slowly disappeared into a kind of darkness,” Ernman writes.

“She stopped playing the piano. She stopped laughing. She stopped talking. And she stopped eating. “

In a new book from the Thunberg family, Malena Ernman talked about her daughter's struggle with autism and an eating disorder. Singer Ernman is pictured above

In a new book from the Thunberg family, Malena Ernman talked about her daughter's struggle with autism and an eating disorder. Singer Ernman is pictured above

In a new book from the Thunberg family, Malena Ernman talked about her daughter’s struggle with autism and an eating disorder. Singer Ernman is pictured above

Ernman, a celebrated Swedish opera singer, and her actor husband, Svante Thunberg, reveal that they are struggling with their daughter’s increasing silence and refusal to eat anything except small amounts of rice, avocado and gnocchi.

“After not eating for two months, Greta has lost almost 10 kg [1.5st], which is a lot if you are quite small in the beginning, “Ernman writes.

“Her body temperature is low and her pulse and blood pressure clearly indicate signs of hunger.

“She no longer has the energy to take the stairs and her scores on the depression tests she takes are sky high.”

Thunberg, now 17, held United Nations Summit on Climate Change in 2018 and 2019 as part of its campaign to raise global warming awareness.

Last year, she became Time’s youngest person ever of the year after regularly exchanging barbs with US President Donald Trump.

In excerpts from the family’s book called Our House Is On Fire: Scenes Of A Family And A Planet In Crisis, serialized in The observer, Tells Ernman about how Thunberg’s epiphany about the climate crisis has changed her mood.

After watching a film in the classroom about trash in the oceans, the young girl became worried.

Describing how her daughter plans a school climate change strike, Ernman writes: “Svante has promised to take her to a construction company to buy a piece of wood that she can paint white and turn it into a board.

“School Strike for the Climate” will say so. And although, above all, we want her to drop the whole idea of ​​dropping out of school – we support her.

“Because we see that she feels good when drawing up her plans – better than she has felt in many years.

“In fact, better than ever before.”

Greta Thunberg, now 17, addressed the United Nations summits on climate change in 2018 and 2019 as part of her campaign to raise global warming awareness. Last year, she became Time magazine's youngest person ever of the year

Greta Thunberg, now 17, addressed the United Nations summits on climate change in 2018 and 2019 as part of her campaign to raise global warming awareness. Last year, she became Time magazine's youngest person ever of the year

Greta Thunberg, now 17, addressed the United Nations summits on climate change in 2018 and 2019 as part of her campaign to raise global warming awareness. Last year, she became Time magazine’s youngest person ever of the year

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