Demi Lovato Opens Up About Eating Disorder

Demi Lovato Opens Up About Eating Disorder

Demi Lovato is Seventeen‘s newest contributing editor and for her first assignment, she’s hoping to help teens who might be in the same situation she was once in.

Here’s what the 18-year-old starlet had to share:

On her message to teenage girls: “If you are going through that dark period, go to your family and closest friends. Don’t put yourself in danger. It’s very crucial that you get your feelings out – but don’t ever inflict harm on your own body because your body is so sacred. I wish I could tell every young girl with an eating disorder, or who has harmed herself in any way, that she’s worthy of life and that her life has meaning. You can overcome and get through anything.”

On temptations to go back to her old habits: “Yes, there have been times when I definitely have been tempted to get rid of my dinner. But I will deal with it for the rest of my life because it’s a life-long disease. I don’t think there’s going to be a day when I don’t think about food or my body, but I’m living with it, and I wish I could tell young girls to find their safe place and stay with it.”

On how she keeps herself in a safe place: “I don’t let anyone’s insecurities, emotions, or opinions bother me. I know that if I am happy, that’s all that matters to me. And it’s okay to be selfish like that sometimes, when it comes to your well-being. Do what makes you happy, and don’t care what others think.”

On how she defines her personality after leaving treatment: “I don’t really define it by anything. I live my life every day, and if I feel like wearing combat boots one day and shoes the next, I will. I allow myself a lot of freedom and I’m very peaceful now. I have come to realize that just making yourself happy is most important. Never be ashamed of what you feel. You have the right to feel any emotion that you want, and to do what makes you happy. That’s my life motto.”

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  • anonymous

    AW!! this just makes me think about how much she went through that it took a final toll to her health! im glad she put herself first and go better! :) go demi! i cannot wait for her new album!! :)

  • blah

    I still think she’s a drama queen

  • anonymous

    AW!! this just makes me think about how much she went through that it took a final toll to her health! im glad she put herself first and got better! :) go demi! i cannot wait for her new album!! :)

  • bella

    hola ,soy latinoamericana ,eso es genial ,voy a tener que ponerme en contacto lo más rápido posible ,espero que demi responda a mi pregunta ,la adoro y ademas vi el video que linda esta ,super gracias seventeen omg aun no lo puedo creer ,como editora ,gracias gracias ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  • Tim

    Thank You Demi!! You are really amazing!!!
    You are an exemple for all of us!!
    Can’t wait for her new album!!!! :D

  • ma

    my inspiration!

  • Jocasta

    WOW! this is wonderful and will help many people, she is an inspiration to all!

  • hetevbh

    love her

  • Emma

    She’s right, thank you Demi

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  • dude

    good for you, demi.

  • Talula

    very good, it’s wonderful now understand things that previously I did not understand!

  • Vanessa

    Demi is UNBELIVEBLE! this will help thanks Demi!

  • kerri

    She is a sweetie. She has overcome alot for an 18 year old. Wishing you the best girl. God has blessed you with an amazing voice.;

  • Meriane

    This attitude will help a lot of girls, Demi will also learn muchk

  • Isabela

    Demi has helped me, thanks!

  • Alice

    this is very enlightening!

  • Olivia

    Demi write very well and will help me a lot

  • Paris

    so good I’ve ever read because it will help a lot!

  • Natalie

    is a charming text

  • Rebecca

    Demi is using her experiences to help people and it’s beautiful

  • Julia

    Demi is using her experiences to help people and it’s beautiful!!

  • Rebeca


  • Claire

    girls were in need of something, it’s easy to hear from someone who admired! this will help a lot!

  • Brenda

    finally one thing that will really help, I love Demi!

  • Gisele

    a very inspiring text

  • emily

    this is great, will help a lot!

  • bowlingfan

    Not sure I hold her as a role model for anyone but admit to being interested in what she has to say. Hoping she’s matured finally. And wish her good luck in the future. Many circumstances around her were not favorable.

  • Angelina

    Demi is not only beautiful she’s beautiful attitudes like this

  • Jocasta

    I’m very proud of Demi you must be very strong to do this

  • Helena

    This is a great help

  • Alice

    my friend is going through these things and not listens to nobody, but she will listen to Demi because she admires she!

  • David

    I will send it to my sister will help her very much!

  • Katie

    this is great!

  • Emma

    is very important someone like Demi talk openly about it

  • Laura

    finally something like this will help a lot Demi

  • Adriana

    Good job Demi, you’re strong. I am glad to know that she wan’t in for cutting as well.

  • Anonymous

    she’s an amazing person and she is such a strong girl…she went through a lot of things and she’s only 18, I’m so proud of her and I wish her all the best…She deserves it more than any other teen celebrity right now…

  • J. Heil

    Great job Demi! You are a great inspiration for girls also struggling with issues like this, or any kind of issues really

  • Patworx

    Demi is a strong individual and she’s overcome alot. If this doesn’t prove she’s a good role model, I don’t know what will.

  • Jenn

    I’ve got nothing but love and support for miss Demi! I hope I see her back on TV, or doing music again soon

  • Makala

    UMMM…..I might have a eating Disorder IDK LOL BUT I EAT . I just dnt like wat my mawmaw or guardian cookss in that case i eat sandwhices and i eat breafeast @skuul so im doingreally good my freinds call me skinny legs because im skinny i weigh about 70 pounds but they support u rock demi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • anybody?anybody?

    I’m very glad to see that many of you are supporting Demi. I really hate it when people say, why are we supporting Demi and not Miley? Or Lindsay? well, Demi has an illness that’s out of her control. Miley flashes her body parts and smokes bongs because she craves the attention. And Lindsay is a wreck because of her parents. It’s all different. Demi deserves the help and support. Can’t wait for you to get back to SWAC!!

  • lovelydee

    This just made me love her even more.

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  • Paola

    Proud Of Demi

  • Miley

    this will help a lot

  • Curtis

    Demi sought help during one of the most stressfull and difficult times of her life while in the public eye. She is also being upfront about it and not sugar coating the difficult times that she still faces.
    That is very brave for a teen who is still a celebrity and that the media scrutinize. Celebrities/Hollywood is usually all about that “perfect” image.
    Demi and all the Disney / Nick kids is not there to be a role model for peoples kids. Kids SHOULDN’T be role models for other kids. These celebrity kids is still growing, maturing and trying to find THEIR way too just like your kids. Role models should ideally come from kids own adult family members, a family friend or someone they know in their neighborhood.

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  • Emem

    Demi is truly an inspiration. I can’t wait to see her future projects.

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