"She is severely underweight": Fears for health of Romanian model with 20-inch waist

'She is severely underweight': Fears for health of Romanian model with 20-inch waist

Hourglass: Ioana Spangenberg's waist is an incredible 20-inches

'Malnourished': Iona Sbangenberg Ioana has a BMI of 13.6, a healthy range is 18.5-24.9

She claims to eat three big meals a day.

But with a Body Mass Index of just 13.6, Iona Spangenberg is severely underweight, according to an expert nutritionist.

The Romanian-born model captured the attention of the fashion industry with her hourglass figure, sporting a 20-inch waist.

And Iona insists she eats three square meals a day, including fatty foods like chocolates and crisps.

But the 30-year-old, who measures in at 5ft 6 inches tall and weighs six stone, has been described as 'malnourished'.

Nutritionist Helen Money said: 'Iona very low BMI of 13.6, a healthy range is 18.5 – 24.9. So she is severely underweight.

'The diet she described contains foods that are very low in essential vitamins and minerals which together with her low body weight suggests that she must be very malnourished.

'At this weight and with the described diet I am very surprised that she has the energy to work, I would expect her to be hospitalised.

'A healthy balanced diet is essential to maintaining health, well being, and looking good.'

Mrs Spangenberg was born a a very
normal weight of seven pounds, and only saw her body transform into what
it is now when she was a teenager.

The model told The Sun: 'No one seems to believe it, but every day i eat three big meals and I snack on chocolate and crisps all the time.

'I just have a small stomach. It's a bit like a gastric band, if I eat too much I feel sick'.

When she was 13 she would get friends to put their hands completely around her 15in waist.

Ioana weighs just six stone despite eating crisps, pizza and kebabs

Ioana Spangenberg

Ioana weighs just six stone despite she says eating fatty foods such as crisps, pizza and kebabs

She says she has tried to fatten up, eating sweets like Mars bars to do so, but to no avail.

'In Romania it is better to be overweight, because that means you are from a wealthy family.'

It was only in 2006 when she met her German husband Jan, that she says she finally became comfortable in her own skin.

He encouraged her to become a model after photographs he posted of her online received a fantastic reaction.

would still like to gain weight so I don't look so shocking. And now
that I live in Germany I can't get enough pizza or kebabs.'