Actress Demi Lovato claimed that commenting on people’s weight loss is “harmful,” according to Fox News.
Lovato shared her thoughts in a since-expired Instagram story, Fox News reported Sunday.
“If you don’t know someone’s history with food, please don’t comment on their body,” Lovato reportedly wrote in an Instagram story. “Because even if your intention is pure, it might leave that person awake at 2 am overthinking that statement…”
“Complimenting someone on their weight loss can be as harmful as complimenting someone on their weight gain.” https://t.co/DnccDrPYOe
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) May 23, 2021
“Does it feel great? Yeah, sometimes,” she added. “But only to the loud ass eating disorder voice inside my head that says ‘See, people like a thinner you’ or ‘If you eat less you’ll lose even more weight. But it can also sometimes suck because then I start thinking ‘Well, damn. What’d they think of my body before?'” (RELATED: Actress Demi Lovato Says ‘Normalized’ Eating Disorders Was The Reason She Never Returned To Disney)
“Moral of the story: I am more than the shell for my soul that is my body and every day I fight to remind myself of that, so I’m asking you to please remind me that that is all people see of me sometimes,” Lovato reportedly concluded.
Lovato has been vocal about her issues with an eating disorder for years. Most recently, she criticized a small yogurt shop for carrying “diet foods.”
“Finding it extremely hard to order froyo from @thebiggchillofficial when you have to walk past tons of sugar free cookies/other diet foods before you get to the counter,” Lovato reportedly wrote on her Instagram story at the time, according to NBC News.
She later apologized for the remark.
“It wasn’t clear to me that it was for specific health needs, and so I didn’t know that,” Lovato reportedly said. “I just took it as, ‘OK, I’m going into a froyo shop. I’m seeing sugar-free, I’m seeing this and that. If there is a sign that ‘celiac,’ ‘vegan,’ I would’ve understood. That would’ve been clear messaging to me.”