After seeing a headline that focused mainly on the shape of her body, Demi Lovato took to Instagram on Friday, March 29, to make a statement about just how damaging headlines like that can truly be — especially for those recovering from an eating disorder.
Yep! Once the “Sorry Not Sorry” songstress caught wind of an article posted by Inquisitr with the headline, “Demi Lovato Appears To Have A Fuller Figure After Working Up A Sweat In LA,” she clapped back on her Instagram Stories. She even tagged the person who wrote the offensive article to let them know that body-shaming in a headline (and in general) is totally not cool.
“I AM MORE THAN MY WEIGHT,” she wrote over the screenshot.
That was just one of many messages she shared on Instagram about the upsetting story, and the initial screenshot of the article was followed by an lengthy explanation of why it’s so offensive. According to the 26-year-old, the biggest issue is that headlines shouldn’t mention people’s body shapes at all. Instead, they should really focus on, well, just about anything else.
“Unlike the past, I’m not triggered,” she wrote. “I’m not upset that someone wrote a headline about my ‘fuller figure.’ I’m angry that people think it’s okay to write headlines about people’s body shapes. Especially a woman who has been so open about being in recovery from an eating disorder. I’m not upset for myself but for anyone easily influenced by the diet culture.”
You tell ’em, Demi! The former Disney Channel actress didn’t stop there. In another post, she called out the article for being “toxic,” and she encouraged her fans not to listen to this sort of body negativity in the media.
“Too many people today base their ideal body weight off of what OTHERS tell us we should like like or weigh,” she added. “Articles like these only contribute to that toxic way of thinking. If you’re reading this: Don’t listen to negative diet culture talk. You are more than a number on a scale. And I am more than a headline about my body shape.”
Luckily, the person who wrote the article was super receptive to what the “Tell Me You Love Me” singer was saying, and he apologized profusely for writing such a triggering and negative piece.
Along with a DM convo with the writer, Demi wrote, “Thank you @iamfabio_ for understanding where I’m coming from.. let’s create change together.”
To close out the important lesson, the Camp Rock actress reiterated the importance of speaking out when you see that something needs to be changed. She also stressed the importance of spreading love, which is just another lesson fans can take out of this whole ordeal.
“Change is made by raising your voice, speaking your truth and spreading love and compassion, not hate,” she wrote. “… Goodnight guys.. I love you so much. Don’t forget to tell yourself how beautiful and worthy you are of a happy and healthy life.”
We love you, Demi!
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