Demi Lovato took a quick pause during her worldwide Tell Me You Love Me tour to bless us with another much-needed dose of body positivity. This time, the 25-year-old singer, songwriter, actress and body-love advocate delivered an empowering message about beauty while blasting diet culture.
“It’s so frustrating and sad how strong the #dietculture in our society is. It’s constantly telling us we’re not thin enough, no matter what,” she tweeted on Monday. “You are beautiful, no matter what anyone says.”
She also retweeted a post from Eating Disorder Hope, an organization that provides information and resources to people who suffer from eating disorders, about the link between orthorexia and perfectionism. Orthorexia, which literally translates to “correct appetite,” is an emerging eating disorder characterized by an extreme obsession with healthy eating and an obsessive avoidance of foods that are perceived to be unhealthy.
The fact that symptoms of orthorexia are correlated with those of perfectionism, as reported by Eating Disorder Hope, is especially concerning when you take into account that millennials are more likely to put pressure on themselves (and others) to be perfect than previous generations.
Lovato, who’s been open about her ongoing struggle with disordered eating, recently gave up dieting to relieve herself of constant food-related stress and provide a realistic role model for her fans.
“No longer depriving myself of treats (in moderation) and I’m not gonna lie, I put on a couple lbs since I’ve given up dieting BUT I’ve given up the chronic stress of what I eat because I don’t want to set that example for my fans,” she tweeted in January. “No more food shaming myself!!”
“Riverdale” star Camila Mendes also swore off dieting last month, partnering with Project HEAL to raise awareness about eating disorders using the hashtag #DoneWithDieting.
“I’m done believing in the idea that there’s a thinner, happier version of me on the other side of all the tireless effort,” Mendes captioned an Instagram post.
To encourage dialogue about mental health, Lovato is offering free group therapy during her current Tell Me You Love Me tour. What did we do to deserve her?
All in all, Lovato’s and Mendes’ messages resonate for a powerful reason: You don’t need anyone’s permission to love yourself and live your damn life. You just have to do it.
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