Demi Lovato has made it public the reasoning for her recent stint in rehab – eating disorder. The “Sonny With A Chance” actress entered rehab last November (2010) and spent almost three months in therapy.
Demi left an international concert tour with the Jonas Brothers to seek treatment for what were officially termed “emotional and physical issues”. No more was made known at the time but now Demi has revealed that she had been battling an eating disorder.
Demi Lovato now has a philosophical approach to what she realizes is “a life-long disease” but says she is doing much better after being in rehab.
Writing for “Seventeen” magazine, Lovato also talks candidly about self-harming and reaches out to other girls in the same position. She had been the subject of rumors about an eating disorder and cutting herself as far back as 2008 when she was spotted with suspicious marks on her wrists.
“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,” she said.
Demi talks openly of the “times when I definitely have been tempted to get rid of my dinner.” She recognizes that she will probably always think about food and her body, but she urges other eat disorder sufferers to do what she has done: “to find their safe place and stay with it.” No-one should put themselves in danger but should get their feelings out in a healthy way.
Now, Lovato says she is much stronger.
“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.”
Demi Lovato said that her rehab stint was when she “took control”, by getting herself some help when realizing she had a problem. And good on her for doing that and also for writing about it in “Seventeen”, where her experience may help other young girls who are suffering from eating disorders.