Demi Lovato has long been open about her recovery from bulimia.
Today she shared an incredibly inspiring message to her fans along with one of her least favorite pics of her body. Demi wrote,
“Learning to love my body the way it is is challenging but life-changing. Giving up my eating disorder has been the most challenging journey of my life but I work every day towards solid recovery even if I mess up sometimes. Today I’m feeling strong. You all can do it too. It IS possible.”
She added that this year, she’s “decided to let go of my perfectionism and embrace freedom from self-criticism.”
Demi has often used her platform to shed light on eating disorder recovery and shared a snapshot last year of her before and after recovery pictures. She also previously embraced her thigh gap on Instagram.
Demi’s mother was also bulimic and the singer is determined not to let her future children learn the same behavior from her. And although she has conquered her drug addiction and alcoholism (she recently celebrated five years sober!), Demi says she still struggles with her eating disorder every day. In her documentary Simply Complicated, she said,
“Food is still the biggest challenge in my life. It’s something that I’m constantly thinking about.”
She also admitted,
“When I feel lonely, my heart feels hungry and then I end up binging and I don’t know how to figure out how to be alone. One thing that I haven’t fully conquered is my eating disorder.”
Bulimia, anorexia, and other eating disorders and illnesses that many women and men struggle with their entire lives. According to NEDA, a 2007 study found that 1.5% of women struggled with bulimia at some point in their lifetime and 3.5% struggled with binge eating.
You can find more information on NEDA’s website.
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