By Luke Andrews For Mailonline
Published: 14:01 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 14:01 BST, 1 September 2019
Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg has opened up about her Asperger's diagnosis and revealed that it led to her suffering from an eating disorder.
In a frank social media post, the 16-year-old addressed comments about her appearance and beliefs and said that before she started school she had 'no energy, no friends and I didn't speak to anyone'.
It comes three days after the campaigner arrived in New York for a climate change summit, following a 15-day voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in a carbon-zero racing yacht from Plymouth, England.
Environmental acitivist Greta Thunberg has opened up about her Asperger's diagnosis and revealed that it led to her suffering from an eating disorder. (Pictured: Greta on board her carbon-zero yacht as she arrives in New York for a summit on climate change)
The 16-year-old addressed comments about her appearance and beliefs in a frank social media post before opening up about her struggle with Asperger's. (Pictured: Greta speaking to a crowd shortly after arriving in New York on August 28)
Writing on Instagram, the school striker said: 'I'm not public about my diagnosis to 'hide' behind it, but because I know many ignorant people still see it as an 'illness', or something negative. And believe me, my diagnosis has limited me before.
'Before I started school striking I had no energy, no friends, and I didn't speak to anyone. I just sat at home with an eating disorder.