Demi Lovato’s eating disorder recovery hasn’t been easy. Recovering from bulimia is challenging and they’re brave to continually fight against negative thoughts about their body. Demi took to Instagram to share a simple message with their followers: Commenting on people’s bodies can cause unintended damage.
“Idk 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,” they, who came out as non-binary last week, wrote on their Instagram Story.
They continued, “If you don’t know someone’s history with food, please don’t comment on their body. Because even if your intention is pure, it might leave that person awake at 2 am 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.'”
Demi added, “But it can also sometimes suck because then I start thinking ‘Well, damn. What’d they think of my body before?’ Moral of the story: I am more than the shell for my soul that is my body and everyday 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.”
Demi makes a point to not only be a uber-talented singer but also to speak out on important issues. Is it possible for me to love them any more? Doubtful.
If you are struggling with an eating disorder and in need of support, please call the National Eating Disorders Association helpline at 800-931-2237. For a 24-hour crisis line, text “NEDA” to 741741.
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