Demi Lovato Says She Was ‘Born’ with an Eating Disorder
After a stint in rehab in 2010 stemming from her problems with food and self-harming, Demi Lovato opens up about her struggle with an eating disorder, going so far as to say she’s convinced she was “born” with one. Says Demi:
I think I was born with an eating disorder, because I’ve never had a relationship with food that was normal. I remember looking in the mirror with nappies on thinking, ‘You’re fat, change it.’
Lovato explains that she became a binge eater at a young age, but when children at school started bullying her when she was 12, she stopped eating. When she did eat food, she’d throw it up. Lovato says that rehab really helped her focus on making eating a routine, but at first it freaked her out. She says she “cried often, because [she] was terrified at having to eat 3 meals a day.”
The Disney darling says while there will always be temptation to revert back to her eating disorder ways, she fights it every day because she wants to be a role model for her fans and younger sister.