It’s no secret that Demi Lovato went through some dark times in the past couple years, suffering from an eating disorder along with a bipolar disorder causing her to take a break from the entertainment industry to seek help. Now that she’s back and better than ever, Demi has revealed that her eating disorder made her into a ‘manipulative’ person.
“I was a very manipulative person when it came to my eating disorder. You name it, I did it.” Demi explained. “I would lie about already eating. I would lie about having to go to the bathroom. I would go to any lengths to make sure I was sick.”
Demi shared how the problem roots all the way back to her childhood when she was bullied by others. “I began compulsive eating at the age of eight. Then, when I started being bullied at 12, I stopped eating. I went from overeating to undereating to throwing up.”
“It never really went away. I’d try, but the impulses would come back. You feel like you’re on a downward spiral, but you have to fight through it. I had real difficulty with my body image. It was hard to look at myself in magazines. My friends would say, ‘Wow you look so gorgeous.’ Everyone else was looking at what they thought as a beautiful girl, but I just couldn’t see that when I looked at myself.”
Now, Demi has been speaking out on body images and encouraging girls all over the world to love themselves no matter their shape or size. She has even become a guest blogger for Seventeen where she has spoken out on subject such as bullying.
Disney star Bella Thorne has posted a new video talking about her past and bullying. Bella explains that she was bullied from a young age for speaking Spanish, and for her dyslexia.
“I’m taking a stand against bullying.” The Shake it Up star says. “Because it’s wrong and hurtful, and it can harm everybody in different ways. Will you take one with me?”
With the premiere of ABC Family’s film Cyberbully starring Emily Osment last night, Seventeen guest editor Demi Lovato has spoken out about the online form of bullying, encouraging teens to take a stand against bullying.
“I wanted to share with you a topic that is incredibly close to my heart: fighting bullying. I was bullied when I was younger, it got so bad that I ended up leaving school because of it and the effects of that traumatizing time are still with me to this day.
Bullying can take many forms, and one of the most common ones today is cyberbullying. This is such a huge problem, and despite the fact that everyone is aware of it, things seems to be getting worse instead of better. One story that really sticks with me involves the tragic death of Phoebe Prince, which could so easily have been avoided.
When will people understand that verbal abuse is just as serious as physical abuse? How many precious lives will it take to put an end to the hurt caused by cyber abuse?
I think that some people use bullying as a way to fit in, and I’ve noticed it’s not just the “cool” kids doing it anymore. Sitting behind a computer gives people a sense of anonymity, but everyone needs to realize that words—even the ones they write online—have a strong power to hurt people.
It’s not okay to bully anyone—ever. I hope to encourage everyone to take a stand and put a stop to this horrible epidemic. If you are being bullied or if you know someone who is, please visit Teens Against Bullying for more info.
Together we can make a difference—together we can save lives.
Love DEMI LOVATO”
Teen sensation Demi Lovato has recently become one of the guest editors over at Seventeen Magazine, where she has been speaking out about bullying and body issues in hopes of helping other struggling teens from around the world.
Check out Demi’s most recent message:
We don’t realize it, but we do look to our friends for fashion advice, and to help make decisions that will affect our futures. It’s really important to remember that you are who your friends are, so if you’re hanging around a bad crowd, people will perceive you as part of that crowd.
The kinds of people that I’m surrounding myself with now are people who are beneficial not only to my recovery but also to the lifestyle that I want to have, which is peaceful and serene. I look for people who I can hang out with without relying on bad habits to have fun—people who I can go bowling with, or literally just watch TV and knit with, people who love me for me and don’t care if I’m tall or short, fat or thin. My friends today love me for me—they’re people who I can act like myself around.
Stay Strong, Demi Lovato
Famous youtube star Nichole337 who has had many youtube hits has spoken out against hate and bullying and has made a video about it. Nichole who may have loads of youtube hits has spoken out about bullying and has asked people to stop bullying. The youtube star has proven to be a massive hit online with her music videos such as re-makes of LadyGaGa,Taylor Swift and Willow smith.
“I know first hand what it’s like to be called names and to be affected by things,” Demi shared. “They would call me fat, they would call me promiscuous in different words. At the time, when I was 12-years-old, that was like the end of the world.”
“To me, bullying is one of my biggest platforms. Let’s change the world.”
Demi has even teamed up with Pacer Teens Against Bullying to help kids everywhere put an end to bullying!
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