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Demi Lovato: “I was four years old and looking in the mirror and thinking I was fat”

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On why she’s been so open about her eating disorder:

‘It’s important for me to be open about my health and things I’ve been through cause I’ve realized when I was younger, I didn’t have anybody in the public eye to look up to that I admired. I didn’t have anybody who was setting a good example about real stuff. Had I had someone in the public that I really admired come out and say “it’s ok that you’re not dealing with stuff well”… I want to be that person. I grew up in a time when socialites were taking over Hollywood – that it was cool to be super, super-skinny and partying…it was unachievable. There was no-one around to say “it’s ok”. I just want to be that for other people.

On her first body image issues:

When I was four years old and I remember looking in the mirror and thinking I was fat. I was constantly feeling guilty about my weight. I was overeating to compensate for not feeling worthy enough and then not knowing what to do.

… says Demi.

 

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chrissy
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chrissy

she needs to find something else to talk about.

seijidan
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seijidan

what? her career? lol.

gigi
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gigi

oh snap! :p

chrissy
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chrissy

apply cold water. lol.

Rita
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Rita

True.. every single time..
And I don’t buy it.. seriously.. 4 years old ! Coooome on.. and she remembers details from that young age ? Whatever

ex-bulimic
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ex-bulimic

Honestly.. I never post anything on here, but when reading this I just had to. Yes: she is talking way too much about the same subject, but I have the exact same memory from when I was 4 years old, already thinking I had fat legs. Later in my life I also developed an eating disorder and trust me it is not fun growing up like that.

anon
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anon

wtf lady! stop talking about ur ED already ! its bad we all know but you dont wanna be known solely as survivor of an ED for the rest of your life.. and for those who will say she is asked about it. well simply she can refuse to discuss it anymore.. you have talent and a career please try to enjoy it

Obvi
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Obvi

I’m tired of this topic with her. She speaks of not letting it define her yet it is all she talks about.

Zoe.
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Zoe.

I kind of think the same thing, although it could just be that interviewers always insist on asking her questions on the topic; either way it’s still rather repetitive/boring.

I find it very strange that she was worrying about her weight at the age of four- I can barely remember anything from when I was that age! While I may have been aware of the word ‘fat’, I don’t think I would have grasped that it was something perceived to be negative.

lila
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lila

Mthese people have publicists though, if she didn’t want to talk about the topic, the interviewer would not ask these questions/not have them answered and published.

em
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em

when you guys she here, what word comes to mind to describe her body shape? curvy, slim, broad shouldered, pear, big, etc?

Leighton
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More pear shaped I think with a bit of curves (although no boobs). Even when she was skinnier her legs still looked pretty average. Plus since she is not that tall, you can see her weight gain very easily….

gigi
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gigi

honestly the first word that came to mind on the first pic was “hefty” but its probably colored because i dont like her very much. Also that black dress gives her runningback shoulders. for the other outfits id say the word is “bigger” but pretty normal

Leighton
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And I get most of us will get annoyed by her talking about the same topic over and over. Trust me, me too. But it could just be that the interviewers are always asking her about it. So I don’t really blame her…. I do wish she would throw her leather pants/legging/jeggings whatever away, and she would let her hair grown again. That “shaving-one-side-and-being-all-cool-and-yolo” isn’t working for her. BTW: that age thing. I don’t think she was really four, but maybe 6 or 7. Still I believe her. I have a little nephew whose 7 years old, and he is… Read more »

Polska Blondynka
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Polska Blondynka

Does she talk about anything else?! Yeah, I feel sorry for her but move on, please. Everyone at some point in their lives goes through body image issues.

Sandy
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Sandy

Isn’t this an old interview? I know I’ve read that quote about her thinking she was fat as a 4-year-old months and months ago. I don’t personally like her style, but she has a pretty face and fantastic skin! She looks even better without such heavy makeup on.

Alias
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Alias

OK that’s terrible for young children to have bad body image, because that’s not what children should focus on growing up! With that being said though, childhood obesity is definitely a problem, I think more so than body image issues. There should be more emphasis on eating good and feeling good

Snugglepup
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Snugglepup

True words but the topic is getting a bit old. But I can relate to her, I remember realizing that “I might be fat” at age 6 or something. It was terrible, like how can this happen to me? lol. I wasn’t even fat, but just a bit bigger than some other kids. I still am bigger, in certain way, I have a small waist but broadish shoulders, big b❆❆bs and bum. But that’s just the way the cookie crumbles… Can’t really do anything about it without making it my priority in life. There are many shapes and weights that… Read more »

Hannah Louisa
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Hannah Louisa

I really love Demi, always have, but it’s quite annoying that all she’s talking about is her eating disorder. Maybe she gets asked about it all the time, yes, but still. Also, I hate her coloured hair with one side shaved. She looked better with long brown hair and most of the time her outfits don’t suit her body. Not that she’s fat (she has a nice, curvy body!), but she’s put on weight and her outfits make her bigger than she actually is. Especially those plateau heels, ugh.

May
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May

Honestly, I would hate for my future children to look in the mirror and hate what they see. It’s very sad and I don’t want them to struggle with their body image. So,for that, I sympathize with Demi. However, I agree with most of you. She needs to discuss something else… Maybe something more upbeat and positive.

Sharon
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Sharon

Ok yes, it’s getting a tad annoying that her ED is all she talks about (or it’s all anyone asks her about?) but she does make a good, yet saddening point. We are trained at a very young age (well in many cultures, not all) o idolize a thin appearance and being overweight, chubby, fat, is demonized. I have been chubby most of my life, sometimes overweight or obese, and when I look back at school work I kept from 7 or 8 years old and on the project it says “What’s Your Biggest Goal?” And I literally wrote “to… Read more »

Miss S
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Miss S

Great comment! I wish you all the best Sharon! I have too recovered from an ED and it’s a long and difficult battle but it is so, so worth it!

lily
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lily

This isn’t a recent quote or recent pics. I mean maybe she does talk about it a lot but it was a huge part of her life and it’s important to her that she talks about it. Maybe you find it repetitive but she’s trying to help people going through similar issues. And like I said–this is not a new quote

Jenny
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Jenny

Is she done talking about this? I’m done hearing about it, thats for sure.
Btw, she must do a lot of swimming.. Her upper body looks like a swimmers. Broad shoulders.

lc
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lc

Lol at her ridiculous try-hard get-up. I have heard this from her before; all she does is regurgitate the ED stuff every time she speaks.

claud
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claud

she’s had *such* a rough life. ugh. letting mickey mouse pay for your habits, what a hard-knocker. she must always share her harrowing story.

Lola
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Lola

It’s sad how she’s run out of things to talk about herself so she keeps talking about her eating disorder. Is it so wrong to think you’re fat when you’re 4 years old? How do you even remember stuff from when you were 4?

Karen
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Karen

Well she’s still fat.

sissabee
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sissabee

truefacts

Erica
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I don’t remember thinking anything when I was 4! That is really sad! I didn’t become conscious of what I looked like and how I fit in until I was about 11 – if you ask me, that’s how it should be. No little girl or boy should be worrying about their body image – they should be enjoying the carefree world of childhood!
I really don’t get why Demi is so famous – I didn’t grow up around her music or Disney or wherever she’s from. I think it’s sad she’s been through all that in her young life though.

Jamie
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Jamie

Too fat, those arms……..Yikes! She’s just too short and wide. Maybe she can’t change her height, but she could sure stop stuffing herself and lose about 20.

Achick
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Achick

Girl, get some hobbies and some new things to talk about and recovery becomes easier. If she wants to be a role model about recovery and inspire young girls, she needs to stop these talking points and let go of the ED identity. Its not helping young girls that she keeps bringing up these points, as if that is ALLL she is and that its cool to struggle. I wouldn’t be so harsh if she hasn’t been insistent that her whole goal is to be a role model and inspiration on this topic.

Mel
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Mel

Maybe she has a real zest for educating people on this topic, maybe it helps her stay relevant and in the public eye. But she may feel like because people are so bombarded with the opposite end of the spectrum, the normalization of disordered eating and the effects of media on body image, that she feels compelled to shine a light on it when she can. People don’t tell Bono to find something else to talk about besides poverty and AIDS. Maybe because mental illness, drug addiction, and eating disorders are issues she’s dealt with personally people find her crusade… Read more »