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Demi Lovato on Eating Disorders and Cutting

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Demi Lovato is Seventeen’s newest contributing editor. First assignment — help teen girls with eating disorders.

Demi has had a pretty rough 12 months, after splitting with Joe Jonas and then being admitted to rehab last November. But it was never revealed why exactly she went to rehab.

Then there were rumors of cutting, violent behavior and a drug habit spiraling out of control (including incriminating photos) but now Demi herself seems to have solved the mystery – she’s been suffering from an eating disorder.

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.”

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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.”

If you or anyone you know has been affected by an eating disorder and need to talk to someone, please call Lifeline on 131 114 or online – www.lifeline.org.au.

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