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Apr112011

Demi Lovato Reveals Struggle with Eating Disorder

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Two and a half months after leaving rehab, Demi Lovato has revealed the reason why she sought treatment. Serving as guest editor for Seventeen magazine, she reveals that she's been battling an eating disorder, according to Zap2it.com.

Lovato says, "It's very crucial that you get your feelings out -- but don't ever inflict harm on your own body because your body is so sacred. I wish I could tell every young girl with an eating disorder, or who has harmed herself in any way, that she's worthy of life and that her life has meaning. You can overcome and get through anything." Lovato says she's still attempting to overcome her own disorder, disclosing, "Yes, there have been times when I definitely have been tempted to get rid of my dinner. But I will deal with it for the rest of my life because it's a life-long disease."

The 18-year-old Disney star says she's adopted a new outlook on life since leaving rehab. She says, "I live my life every day, and if I feel like wearing combat boots one day and shoes the next, I will. I allow myself a lot of freedom and I'm very peaceful now."

This is the first time Lovato has publicly discussed her struggle. Previously, her rep only said that the actress/singer had sought treatment for "emotional and physical issues."

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