Demi Lovato is speaking out against diet culture and speaking up about being “full of peace, serenity, joy, and love” after rebuking societal standards around diet and exercise.
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On Monday, the artist took to Instagram to post a Reels video of her weight loss. In a pair of loose pants Demi writes, “I don't count calories anymore I don't over exercise anymore I don't restrict or purge And I especially don't live my life accordingly to the diet culture... and I've actually lost weight.” She adds, “This is a different experience But I feel full Not of food But of divine wisdom and cosmic guidance Peace Serenity Joy And love."
The "What Other People Say" singer has struggled with an eating disorder throughout her life, but has been candid about her own tribulations to humanize the reality of eating disorders, while also offering fans and followers the idea that they are not alone.
Last summer Demi took to Instagram after painting her body with gold glitter to highlight her natural stretch marks and share a message of positivity about her recovery story.
“I used to genuinely believe recovery from an eating disorder wasn’t real,” the artist writes. She continues, “I’m so grateful that I can honestly say for the first time in my life - my dietitian looked at me and said 'This is what eating disorder recovery looks like.' In honor of my gratitude for the place I’m in today, this was a lil shoot I did by myself in quarantine this summer when I wanted to celebrate my stretch marks instead of being ashamed of them. I started wearing actual glitter paint on my stretch marks to celebrate my body and all of its features (whether society views them as good OR bad)."
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Eating disorders correlate directly with mental health and can contribute to changes both physically and mentally. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.
NEDA offers support over the phone, over text and through online chat. Call or text: (800) 931-2237, or visit the NEDA website here.
RADIO.COM’s I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.