Demi Lovato has urged fans to stop complimenting them on their weight loss.
The singer shared a powerful message on their Instagram Story over the weekend, after previously battling bulimia.
Demi Lovato has always been open about their eating disorder struggles.
On Sunday (May 23), the star got real about their recovery and reminded followers to reconsider praising people's weight loss, as it might be seen as a trigger.
"I [don't know] who needs to hear this but complimenting someone on their weight loss can be as harmful as complimenting someone on their weight gain in regards to talking to someone in recovery from an eating disorder," the 28-year-old shared.
"If you don't know someone's history with food, please don't comment on their body. Because even if your intention is pure, it might leave that person awake at 2 am overthinking that statement…Does it feel great? Yeah, sometimes. But only to the loud ass eating disorder voice inside my head that says 'See, people like a thinner you' or 'if you eat less you'll lose even more weight.'"
Demi went on to make an important point about their own recovery.
They added: "But it can also sometimes suck because then I start thinking 'Well, damn. What'd they think of my body before?' Moral of the story: I am more than the shell for my soul that is my body and everyday I fight to remind myself of that, so I'm asking you to please not remind me that that is all people see of me sometimes."
In the past, Demi hasn't been afraid to speak about their struggles with bulimia, but appears to have a much healthier relationship with food now.
"I had an eating disorder and I was underweight and freezing… I would have people over for meetings on my lunch breaks because that’s how much I worked," Demi told Jameela Jamil on the I Weigh podcast in April last year. "People would come in, I’d be covered in a blanket, and people would say, ‘Why is it 80 degrees in here?’ I was like, ‘Because I’m freezing.’ They would be like, ‘Oh my god, what’s wrong with you?'"
Meanwhile, the honest post comes days after the singer recently came out as non-binary on Instagram.
Sharing a video explaining the news to camera, they wrote in the caption, "Every day we wake up, we are given another opportunity and chance to be who we want and wish to be. I’ve spent the majority of my life growing in front of all of you… you’ve seen the good, the bad, and everything in between.
"Not only has my life been a journey for myself, I was also living for those on the other side of the cameras. Today is a day I'm so happy to share more of my life with you all - I am proud to let you know that I identify as non-binary and will officially be changing my pronouns to they/them moving forward.
"This has come after a lot of healing and self-reflective work. I’m still learning and coming into myself, and I don’t claim to be an expert or a spokesperson. Sharing this with you now opens another level of vulnerability for me. I’m doing this for those out there that haven’t been able to share who they truly are with their loved ones. Please keep living in your truths and know I am sending so much love your way xox."
We love that Demi has finally opened up to the world.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder and want to seek help, call Beat's helpline on 0808 801 0677 or visit their website for more details. Beat is the UK's leading charity dedicated to helping people with eating disorders.
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