A young dancer trapped in the "big dark hole" of an eating disorder has vowed to help others fight the disease.
Glasgow Clyde College dancer Nicole Christie, 20, is preparing to share her ordeal with others in the hope of raising awareness for the support available to young people in distress.
Nicole, who fell victim to the eating disorder during her school exams, was diagnosed with EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified).
"Although it’s been such a negative experience for me, what I’ve been through has changed me for the better as a person," said Nicole.
"I now appreciate a lot more in life and I’m happy and contented."
As an ambassador for Beat - the UK's leading support charity for anyone affected by eating disorders - Nicole has pledged to tell her story in as many public places as she can and to continue to dance to show that you can get back to full fitness with the right support.
According to Beat, more than 725,000 men and women in the UK are affected by eating disorders.
Of those who suffer from the illness, the charity has found that the majority of people are able to recover if they receive the right advice and help.
Along with fellow students and friends, Nicole will be taking part in dance performances at the Braehead shopping centre on Sunday, October 4 from 1.30pm and later at the nearby Soar at intu Braehead leisure destination.
"I’m going to turn the negative into a positive and use my experience to help others who are going through the nightmare of having an eating disorder," said Nicole.
"I thought I was going to be living the rest of my life in a big dark hole, but I was able to climb back out and I want to help others do the same."