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Pop Star Demi Lovato's Mom Reveals In New Memoir How She Missed Her Daughter's Eating Disorder Despite Going Through It In The Past

Date March 23, 2018 16:08

It's hard to notice when someone close to us is going through dark times. Distance is required for a certain level of objectivity. Dianna De La Garza, mother of pop star Demi Lovato, reveals in her memoir how she missed all the classic signs of her daughter's eating disorder despite being anorexic in the past.

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Eating disorders

This is a term used to describe illnesses that are distinguished by peculiar eating habits and severe distress or attention to body weight or shape.

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These illnesses include excessive or inadequate food intake which can eventually damage an individual’s well-being. The most well-known forms of eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder.

It affects both females and males. They can develop during any stage in life, but usually appear during the teen years or young adulthood.

Revealing her history with an eating disorder

The book "Falling With Wings: A Mother's Story" highlights the guilt that Dianna felt at not being able to figure when Demi fell through the cracks.

She recounts how she dismissed the red flags of her daughter’s eating disorder and substance abuse during the singer’s teen years. Dianna writes:

One day Dallas [Lovato’s older sister] came running into the dining room looking alarmed. ‘Demi is visiting some really weird websites about anorexia and bulimia'. I sighed. ‘She probably got on them by mistake’. I’m horrified when I look back. Sometimes we so desperately want to believe the best about our children that we ignore the obvious.

Demi has since turned her life around to become sober; she recently celebrated six-year sobriety with a grateful message to her fans on social media.

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Demi finally stops the dieting

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Years of battling bulimia, self-harm, and addiction forced Demi to check into rehab, where she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2011. Committing to a healthy lifestyle was key to her recovery. Her fans are always quick with encouranging messages when she feels down.

The secret behind her new found confidence and happiness?

I don't eat out at restaurants; I have a nutritionist chef full time, so I eat at my house and on the road.

She noticed a radical change in her mood and mental health since starting her healthy regimen, so it made sense that she'd want to keep going.

Demi Lovato's journey has been an inspiration to so many of her fans and young adults who look up to her. And with the release of her mother's new book, we can only hope it will shed more light of eating disorder and the power of family.

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