Demi Lovato has been through a lot – self-harming, a serious struggle with bulimia, rehab, having to date a Jonas Brother… you get the picture. While she’s doing a lot better now (despite breaking her foot on a shiny floor), she’s still pretty pissed off that people in Hollywood don’t talk all that much about the pressures and fame and own up to their own struggles with body image, because if they had, she might not have had to deal with it herself.
“I was about 12 or 13 when I developed my eating disorder, and at that time nobody in the public eye talked about their body issues. I feel that if someone had admitted they had a problem, then I wouldn’t have gone down that route myself.
“That’s my goal in talking about my problems. I want to be the person for other girls that I needed to admire when I was looking for help and strength. It’s okay to love your body the way it is and it’s okay to reach out for help if you have drug and alcohol problems, or if you’re self-harming or being bullied.”
Good for her, in one sense, for wanting to help young girls who look up to her and hopefully help them avoid some of the tough experiences she herself had, but in another sense, what she did in admitting her troubles was brave and could have theoretically ruined her career. It’s no wonder that the myriad (and yes, I think they are that plentiful in numbers) of female stars who struggle with eating disorders, drug abuse, etc. are reluctant to share them – the pain, embarrassment and potential to compromise their spot in the industry are not very inviting, to say the least. It’s the media’s standards that need to change. The less girls feel that they have to fit into a certain bracket to be “perfect”, the less they’ll resort to harmful and dangerous methods in an attempt to achieve it, which will trickle down to “regular” girls, as well.
Of course, I’m probably living in a dream world and won’t hold my breath for that, but maybe one day…