Demi Lovato Slams Body-Shaming Headline: ‘I Am More than My Weight’
The singer, who is recovering from an eating disorder, made amends with the writer who wrote she had a "fuller figure"
Demi Lovato is worth far more than a number on the scale.
The 26-year-old singer fought back on her Instagram story after spotting a headline that said she now has a “fuller figure.”
“Unlike the past, I’m not triggered, 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,” she explained. “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.”
Lovato urged her followers to ignore comments about their bodies.
“Too many people today base their ideal body weight off of what OTHERS tell us we should look like or weigh. Articles like these only contribute to that toxic way of thinking,” she said. “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.”
The article author, Fabio Magnocavallo, then reached out to Lovato and apologized for his headline, and she thanked him for taking responsibility.
“Thank you @iamfabio_ for understanding where I’m coming from…let’s create together,” she wrote.
In the last of her Instagram posts, Lovato celebrated that she had made a difference.
“Change is made by raising your voice, speaking your truth and spreading love and compassion, not hate,” she said.
“Now my fuller ass is going to sleep!!!” she added, with three laughing emojis. “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.”
The ad showed two types of women — one “obese” and the other “pretty” — and gamers could feed the “obese” woman a “controlled” diet of broccoli.
“This is absolutely harmful to anyone who is easily influenced by societal pressures put on us by diet culture to constantly be losing weight in a world that teaches us to equate our value and worth with the way we look and especially anyone in recovery from an eating disorder,” the singer wrote in response.
Lovato said in January 2018 that she decided to give up dieting and “food shaming” herself.
She told PEOPLE in June that she still deals with body shamers, but now feels “a lot more free.”