Demi Lovato is one celeb you can count on to be consistently vocal about mental health issues. That includes her own struggles with bipolar disorder, depression, addiction, and bulimia. In fact, the mental health advocate even released a powerful documentary to help show that an important part of living with a mental health condition is speaking openly about it. Recently, the 25-year-old took to Instagram to do just that herself by sharing how far she's come in her own eating disorder recovery. She posted a "then" and "now" photo with the caption "Recovery is possible."
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While Demi may come across as one of the most body-pos, curve-loving celebs around (after all, she even wrote a song called "Confident"—which is on our body-positive playlist), the photo was an important reminder that body-love doesn't happen overnight.
She also helped raise awareness about an issue that affects many women in silence. In fact, nearly 20 million women in the United States suffer from an eating disorder, which is the deadliest mental illness in the world. (Related: Celebrities Who Opened Up About Their Eating Disorders)
While Demi's photo is a powerful reminder of her own struggle with the illness, it's important to remember that weight loss is not a requirement for an eating disorder diagnosis. So you (or someone you love) could still be suffering even if similar "before/afters" aren't part of their journey. (In fact, that's one of the most dangerous myths about the illness that causes many people to suffer alone.)
If you're struggling with an eating disorder, you can call the National Eating Disorders Association Information and Referral Helpline at 1-800-931-2237.