Demi Lovato is opening up further about her personal troubles, including an eating disorder which she believes she was born with.
The actress checked into rehab back in 2010 to deal with the personal issues, including self harming, and an eating disorder, and has since recovered and been on the straight and narrow.
Lovato remembers struggling with eating as a child, after being bullied in school and called fat.
She tells Britain’s You magazine, “I think I was born with an eating disorder, because I’ve never had a relationship with food that was normal. I remember looking in the mirror with nappies on thinking, ‘You’re fat, change it’.
“I started overeating when I was about eight; I was a binge eater. I would bake a whole plate of cookies and eat them all. Then when I turned 12 I was bullied in school and they called me fat. I went from being an overeater to stopping eating and I lost about 30 pounds. From then on I continued undereating, but my weight plateaued. I started throwing up to lose weight.”
Lovato adds that rehab helped her out a bunch to overcome the disorder, though it wasn’t easy.
Breakfast would be at 8:30 a.m., a bowl of cereal with yogurt or milk and fruit. Lunch would be a sandwich, salad and fruit or vegetables. Dinner might be macaroni cheese with a side of vegetables and milk.
“I cried often because I was terrified at having to eat three meals a day. I said, ‘No, this is too much food.’ I started eating just so that I could go home. I don’t know what made it click but I realized I just wanted out of my eating disorder.
“Now I can eat as many meals as I am supposed to and not throw up any more. There’s definitely temptation – every meal I fight it. It’s an addiction and I’m going to have to fight it for the rest of my life. There’s no cure and I may mess up, but I want to be a better role model for my fans and my younger sister.”
Demi recently announced she’d be taking a break from Twitter, to which people believed she may be checking back in to a treatment facility, though reps for the actress claim she’s all good.