Eating disorders are not to be neglected in our discussion of commonly stigmatized conditions that people have. Here is Demi Lovato’s message:
“The journey that I have been on had been very, very difficult over the past few months. I was dealing with issues that I know not only girls just my age but of all ages are dealing with. People that are probably watching this video right now are dealing with the issues that I had to and I hope to one day raise awareness of everything. I can’t tell you how much light you guys brought into my life …in probably the darkest time of my life. Without you guys, I wouldn’t be here today. I wanted to let you guys know that I’m excited to get back to work. Yes, there have been times when I definitely have been tempted to get rid of my dinner. But I will deal with it for the rest of my life because it’s a life-long disease. I don’t think there’s going to be a day when I don’t think about food or my body, but I’m living with it, and I wish I could tell young girls to find their safe place and stay with it. If you are going through that dark period, go to your family and closest friends. Don’t put yourself in danger. It’s very crucial that you get your feelings out – but don’t ever inflict harm on your own body because your body is so sacred. I wish I could tell every young girl with an eating disorder, or who has harmed herself in any way, that she’s worthy of life and that her life has meaning. You can overcome and get through anything.” Demi Lovato [a message to her fans after leaving a rehabilitation center]