By Seventeen Magazine
Seventeen’s newest contributing editor, Demi Lovato, opens up about her eating disorders, her newfound confidence, and her advice to other girls going through the same thing.
17: What’s your message to teenage girls?
Demi Lovato: 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.
17: Have there been times recently when you feel like it could be so tempting to go back to your old dangerous habits, like eating disorders?
Demi Lovato: 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.
17: How do you keep yourself in a safe place?
Demi Lovato: I don’t let anyone’s insecurities, emotions, or opinions bother me. I know that
if I am happy, that’s all that matters to me. And it’s okay to be selfish like that sometimes, when it comes to your well-being. Do what makes you happy, and don’t care what others think.
17: How do you define your personality now that you’re out of treatment?
Demi Lovato: I don’t really define it by anything. I live my life every day, and if I feel like wearing combat boots one day and shoes the next, I will. I allow myself a lot of freedom and I’m very peaceful now. I have come to realize that just making yourself happy is most important. Never be ashamed of what you feel. You have the right to feel any emotion that you want, and to do what makes you happy. That’s my life motto.
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