Demi: Eating disorders don’t show strength
Demi Lovato has quashed misconceptions about anorexia and bulimia.
The 22-year-old singer has often spoken out about her own struggles with eating disorders, and has even partnered up with organisations to help other sufferers. And she wants people to know it’s not a choice.
After thanking Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance for their continual support, she proceeded to set the record straight via her Twitter account.
"Having an eating disorder doesn't show 'strength,'” she began. “Strength is when are able to overcome your demons after being sick and tired for so long. There's a wide misconception that anorexia and/or bulimia is a choice and you often hear people say things like 'why doesn't she just start eating?' Or even 'just stop throwing up (sic).’”
Singer Meghan Trainor had spoken about eating disorders in an interview recently. She spoke lightly about the subject, claiming she had once “tried” to stop eating.
“I wasn’t strong enough to have an eating disorder… I tried to go anorexic for a good three hours. I ate ice and celery, but that’s not even anorexic. And I quit. I was like, ‘Ma, can you make me a sandwich? Like, immediately,” she told Entertainment Tonight in September.
Demi expressed her dissent to any such views. She also called out the US government for failing to focus on mental illnesses and take them seriously.
"It's the ignorance and lack of education on mental illnesses that continues to [put] mental health care on the back burner to congress even though this is an epidemic that is sweeping our nation, and causing more and more tragedy every day (sic),” the star went on.
"Starving is not a 'diet' and throwing up isn't something that only extremely thin men or women do. Eating disorders do not discriminate. Neither does any other mental illness. These are deadly diseases that are taking lives daily. So please, let's be cautious of the words we use when discussing ED's and other mental illnesses.”
Demi’s determination to be a role model was made clear last year when she opened up about her own experiences to Cosmo on Campus. She revealed she developed an eating disorder when she was 12 or 13 years old.
"I feel that if someone had admitted they had a problem, then I wouldn't have gone down that route myself. That's my goal in talking about my problems: I want to be the person for other girls that I needed to admire when I was looking for help and strength," she said at the time.
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