Demi Lovato, born Demetria Devonne Lovato, is an American actress and singer, who became a household name after Disney’s “Camp Rock” musical.
Now she’s getting real about eating disorders, and encouraging fans to stop commenting on people’s weight loss, especially as the summer season approaches.
“Diet Culture Vultures”
Last month, Lovato put a yogurt shop on blast for promoting “disordered eating” by offering sugar-free items.
“IDK [I don’t know] who needs to hear this but complimenting someone on their weight loss can be as harmful as complimenting someone on their weight gain in regards to talking to someone in recovery from an eating disorder,” she wrote.
A Dangerous Compliment
She continued to share how dangerous it might be for someone with disordered eating to hear these comments.
“If you don’t know someone’s history with food, please don’t comment on their body,” they continued. “Because even if your intention is pure, it might leave that person awake at 2 a.m. overthinking that statement…”
“Does it feel great? Yeah, sometimes. But only to the loud ass eating disorder voice inside my head that says, ‘See, people like a thinner you’ or ‘If you eat less you’ll lose even more weight.'”
“I am more than the shell for my soul”
“But it can also sometimes suck because then I start thinking, ‘Well damn. What’d they think of my body before?'”
She concluded her message by writing, “Moral of the story, I am more than the shell for my soul that is my body and every day I fight to remind myself of that, so I’m asking you to please not remind me that that is all people see of me sometimes.”
Dancing with the Devil
In her recent Youtube documentary entitled “Dancing with the Devil,” Lovato opened up that she turned to disordered eating and other harmful coping mechanisms after allegedly being raped by a Disney Channel co-star.
“I lived a life for the past six years that I felt wasn’t my own,” they explained. “I struggled really hard with an eating disorder but it turned into other things. My life, I just felt was so, and I hate to use this word, but I felt like it was controlled by so many people around me.”
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