Demi Lovato took to Instagram Stories yesterday to show us one hell of an inspiring journey – that of her road to recovery from bulimia. Sharing then and now images of her fragile-looking frame in the midst of her battle with the eating disorder, and her healthy-looking physique today, Lovato captioned the comparison, “Recovery is possible.”
The 23 year old, who has been previously been to rehab to receive treatment for her struggle with bulimia, as well as bipolar disorder and alcohol addiction, once said she didn’t believe she would live past the age of 21 due to her fast living ways. Having completed stints in rehab though, she’s come out stronger and healthier, and more importantly, is using her platform to speak up.
With the release of her new documentary, Simply Complicated, Lovato shares her ups and downs, revealing she relapsed from her eating disorder following her split from long-term boyfriend, actor Wilmer Valderrama. “It’s an everyday battle,” she said, of her recovery from bulimia, and that “I think my eating disorder is something that I’ll probably have to deal with for the rest of my life… Others in recovery for eating disorders say that too.”
By sharing the lived reality of recovery, be it from eating disorders or any other issue, Lovato is living proof that whilst it’s not simple or easy, staying healthy and in recovery is possible. Indeed – she’s spent more time recently speaking out about body image positivity, and this year celebrated five years of sobriety.
She’s even discussed more about the root causes of her struggles, “Back then I felt an emptiness inside of me, and I reached for so many things – a person, a substance, a behaviour – to fill that void. And now there’s not a void anymore. The void is filled by me taking care of myself.”
And we could all do a little more of that.