Demi Lovato: “I thought that orange juice was going to make me fat”

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I really like Demi Lovato. Well, I’m not crazy about her music, but I like Demi as a role model for young girls. She certain hasn’t had the easiest run of things in the past few years, and has done the rehab thing for her emotional issues and an eating disorder, but she appears to have taken her treatment very seriously. Since leaving inpatient rehab, Demi has spoken out on cutting and bullying and admitted that she was completely out of line during the height of her issues. Now, Demi is promoting her upcoming tour and gives a few more details about her bulimia, friendship, trust, and fame:

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On Her 5X Daily Bulimic Binges: I think at the worst it was a little more than that. I was just so sick. I thought that orange juice was going to make me fat.

On Selena Gomez Calling Her At Rehab: I think I was out of tears at that point [Selena] called me and she was crying, she was like, “Hello.” I’m like, “Why are you crying? I’m the one in treatment – like, I should be crying. She’s like, “Are they treating you OK?” I was like, ‘Yeah, they’re treating me great.” She’s definitely one of my closest friends and no matter what, we’ll always be close as sisters. We met 12 years ago, that’s more than half of my life.

On Talking About Recovery: I just realized that once I went into the treatment center, pretty much anything and everything was going to come out anyway. At the same time, I wanted to help other people who shared my issues.

On Her Fans’ Responses: I’ve been getting really great responses. Some of my fans have said that because I’ve been able to speak about my issues, that they’re not afraid to speak about theirs, which is an amazing feeling.

On Her Biggest Life Lesson So Far: Just be to be careful who you trust. Sometimes you don’t know who you can and cannot trust. I still learn that over and over again. The best way to deal with that is just to keep your chin up and stay strong and turn the other cheek. Kill ‘em with kindness.

On Touring I’m so excited to get back on the road. With this tour, I’ll be playing piano and guitar and dancing to songs from my new album. I’m in a much happier and healthier place now, so I’ll be able to decide when I need time off. It’s a different era in my career. I’m sure that if I need time off I’ll be able to speak about it and I’ll take a step back.

[From Parade and Daily Mail]

Some people might think that Demi could be using her issues merely to promote her music career, but I think there’s much more to it than that. Especially with all of the pro-bulimia websites (which actually give tips on how to binge and purge like a pro) that exist, it’s very important that Demi is using her position to tell her impressionable young female fans how horrible the disease really is. While she occasionally stumbles and lets the world know that weight-related comments really bother her, I hope she continues on her current path. Obviously, she doesn’t look fat at all; in fact, Demi looks fantastic.

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  1. Rita says:

    Agree, she seems to be on the honest and healthy track. Rarity.

    So lovely in the gown.

  2. kimberly says:

    get ready for lower bread prices people the die to be a size 0 trends are coming back . . . I love cheap bread.

    I like this girl she recovered from being with a J. Brother . . .

  3. dena says:

    She’s headed for disaster. It’s not clear yet, but it’s down the road.

  4. Obvious says:

    if only she would lighten up a bit on the spray tan. I do like her and i think the way she is working through her issues and actually being honest about them is really admirable. someone who takes responsibility is refreshing.

  5. TXCinderella says:

    Orange juice is fattening because it is full of sugar. You can squeeze it fresh yourself, or purchase the No Sugar Added kind if you want to avoid the excess sugar.

  6. bimperl says:

    she has gorgeous curves, she has nothing to be ashamed of. I work my ass off to make my body to look like that!

  7. MJ says:

    “Kill ‘em with kindness” is one of the best bits of advice anyone can give. As long as you treat people with respect and approach life with good manners, anyone who has anything bad to say just looks like the asshole. This has gotten me through many tough spots in my life.

    I don’t really have an opinion on this girl as a pop star or actress since I’m clearly not in her target audience. However, I think she’s beautiful and she’s handled her personal problems in the public eye pretty gracefully. Her PR rep deserves a raise.

  8. MJ says:

    Also, she needs to stay the HELL away from Valderrama!

  9. Emma says:

    Her honesty is very healthy and mature, especially for someone of her age. It’s natural for her to still be vulnerable (given her age and industry) yet not as gullible anymore. I like that she’s putting off a strong image for young women who are going through difficult changes and emotions. I don’t know her, but I’m proud of how far she’s come with her health, strength and message.

    Also, she is absolutely gorgeous!

  10. layla says:

    I hope she stays well.

    I saw her in a recent interview…. and her face is really maturing into something quite beautiful!

  11. Joanna says:

    Wow, she looks so beautiful! And definitely NOT fat! She has a banging body!

  12. kelbear says:

    She looks healthy and that’s a huge plus.

  13. Quest says:

    It is a beautiful healthy look

  14. Angela says:

    She’s a cute girl who is going to be beautiful when she’s 25. The problem is living in LA and feeling she has to be a 0. She’s not going to be. If you wear a dress that’s too small for you, of course you are going to look fat. She’s a healthy size 2 or 4. Nothing wrong with that.

  15. Anne says:

    Cinderella: Orange juice does not make you fat moron. Table sugar is not the same as fruit sugar. Fruitarians eat 3000 calories a day in fruit- and they are often very skinny. Fruit is the most natural food you could eat and it does not make you fat. Processed crap does.

  16. Liz says:

    she looks great. but like someone else above said, she needs to lay off the Kardashian spray tan (she has naturally pretty skin) and get a stylist.

  17. Marianne says:

    Is she wearing spanx in that last photo?

  18. gee says:

    A glass of orange juice will not make you fat. Nothing will make you fat if you control the portion sizes. Follow moderation and you will be healthy! Maybe not a 00 like Hollywood, but that is not healthy.

    Good for Demi for coming out with this instead of being “discovered.” This makes her strong instead of sneaking around.

  19. Amanda says:

    I think it’s great that she is taking everything so seriously. So many celebrities go into rehab (because it’s court ordered or something like that) but she really seems like she is trying to get better. That is great.

  20. blc says:

    whoa @Anne, way too harsh. Cinderella is actually totally correct. Ask any nutritionist and they will tell you to avoid juice. You should be eating the fruit to get the benefits of it, b/c that way you are filling up on the fiber as well. Juice is basically just sugar water, unless you are drinking fresh squeezed. That is pretty well established.

  21. INeedANap says:

    She is a lovely girl with a slammin bod, but needs to dress for her curves! Fit is key here. She has a body type like a shorter Sofia Vergara and that woman knows how to make good fits work for her. The last gown makes her look stunning, the little silver thing not so much.

    I am a total cynic but I don’t believe for a second she is doing this for fame. Good for her for tackling her issues early!

  22. Enny says:

    That peachy gown looks absolutely sublime on her. Wow!

  23. MellaYellow says:

    She is naturally really beautiful. So, don’t start messing with your face like Kim K. She was once naturally really beautiful too.

  24. normades says:

    Agree with blc here. Fruit juice is not the same as eating fruit, you get all the sugar and little fibre.

    Sugar is sugar. Be it honey, fruit or starchy foods, it’s not good for your waistline.

    Most low carb diets recommend not eating fruit at all in the first stages. Just sayin’.

    @Anne – No need to call other posters names (esp. when said poster has a valid point).

  25. Isa says:

    My dr warned me against drinking too much orange juice. I don’t like milk so I was drinking a half gallon of orange juice with calcium…umm about everyday.
    I doubt she was drinking that much though. I think the natural sugar is more easily processed in your body, right?

  26. Tiffany says:

    I think she is beautiful and talented and I wish her the best. I think sharing her story will really help girls with similar issues.

  27. Ella says:

    I empathize with her, anyone who has had an eating disorder in the past or present would.

    People who have never had a weight issue will never understand how hard it is to maintain weight loss. I have always been over weight, nothing I ever did changed that. Not eating healthy, working out, portion control, nothing. I lost 97lbs in 7mnths with having an eating disorder…that is 97 pounds of fat and muscle. My health went down with everything else. I feel for her because if “normal” girls have enough weight pressure on them to make them turn to eating disorders, imagine the pressure on celebrities. It’s disgusting that we have pro bulemia sites.

  28. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    @anne, 3000 calories a day of fruit will STILL make you fat. 1 pound of fat =3500 calories. I woman of my height and weight (while breastfeeding and working put 5x a week) is only supposed to consume 1850 calories a day. If I ate 3000 calories of fruit a day I could gain 2 lbs a week. It’s calories in vs calories out. Google “the hostess diet.” A nutrition professor ate only hostess products (twinkies, ho-hos, snowballs etc) and lost weight. He acknowledged how unhealthy the “diet” was, but he proved his point. It’s all about how many calories you eat.

    *edit to add. You CAN lose weight on a super low carb diet (while consuming a boat load of calories. However, our body has a “memory” for the way we lost weight before and our brain will send a signal to our bodies to hold onto the fat (when it realizes carbs are being restricted) because it thinks it’s experiencing a “famine.”

    @TX Cinderella, I’ve got your back girl ;) I was a nutrition minor.

  29. Holly:) says:

    It is nice to see some celebrities showing off their fantastic curves, in dresses that actually suit their figure.
    So much love to Demi.

  30. JaneWonderfalls says:

    As opposed to booze! I don’t care I have never liked this chick!

  31. Genevieve says:

    she’s so pretty, and she has a great spirit about her

    LOVE YOU Dem

  32. Bodhi says:

    I wonder if she will ever cop to her substance abuse issues. I’m glad that she is being so outspoken about her body image issues, but I’d respect her a lot more if she opened up about the other issues she has/had

  33. SEF says:

    Bodhi is right! Give her credit for talking about the bulimia issues, but c’mon. . . . the rehab was for drug use, people.

  34. mew says:

    I told it before – the girl is NOT over mentally about it. She just goes on and on and on and on about it. Just counting down to the relapse 3… 2… 1…

  35. normades says:

    @MorticiansDoItDeader:
    Very good points. I wasn’t advocating a hard-core low carb diet. Rather, I believe in trying to eat things in their closest to natural state. So many “diet” and “low-fat” foods are complete crap filled with bad carbs and little nutritional value. I eat a soft version of the Paleo diet myself.

  36. ella says:

    Ok.
    1) one thing are the nutrients, another calories. With calories it’s easy: if you eat more calories than you burn, you’ll get fatter. If you burn more than you eat, you’ll get slimmer, no matter where these calories come from. 3000 calories is insane if you are not a pro-sportler.
    2) nutrients make you healthy. You might be Hollyweird skinny and very unhealthy, or a bit curvy and extremely healthy. A varied diet, with the right amount of carbs, proteins, vitamins, fiber, minerals is what makes you healthy.

    3) portions. NOTHING makes you fat, not even oil. It’s about HOW MUCH you eat. Half a gallon of orange juice is insane. A teaspoon of extravirgin olive oil is extremely healthy.

    No wonder that children like Lovato struggle with their body image so much, in such an ignorant society. Sorry for being harsh, but almost every female friend of mine has issues with food, and it’s excruciating. Especially thinking of my very little daughters.

  37. Sara says:

    OMG.. the diet advice in the comments is wild.

    I find it absolutely vile when people tell each other what to eat and how much to eat.

    It’s ok if you say that you avoid juice and that keeps you skinny but I find it really irritating when people start spouting off about their personal diet ‘rules’. Dieticians don’t even agree with each other on what is healthy or how much of anything is healthy. It’s all opinion influenced by whatever trend is popular at that time.

    If you want to drink a gallon of juice a day then go ahead and do that if it works for you. It worked for my Dad, he just lost 20 pounds by drinking juice.

    My Mom always told me to eat my vegetables and that works for me. And no, I do not ‘portion control’ my food or whatever that means. I just eat until I am satisfied and don’t want to eat anymore. I mean, who is crazy enough to actually measure out a portion of food besides someone with an eating disorder?

  38. becky says:

    if I gained weight the way she does, I’d happilly put on 20 pounds.

  39. normades says:

    @Sara: hehe, that’s what makes this site so great! I could care less about Demi Lovato (sorry), but keep coming back to this thread cus I think the comments are interesting :-)

    If CB mentions pregnancy (esp. labor) or diets, the comments are for sure gonna go off topic!

  40. Sandy says:

    I dont know which kind of Latina she is, but she reminds me of the ones that when they hit 20, they have put on weight and are no longer adorable. Im Brazilian and I’ve noticed the other Latinos have derrieres that are flat, wide and drip inward and rolls everywhere. Orange juice, and any other would’ve made her put on weight .

  41. Alex says:

    Orange juice CAN make you fat. It is full of carbohydrates and calories, and if you consume more than you burn, it will be stored as fat. So, she was right before. Drink enough orange juice and eat enough fruit and you will get fat. Fat people think they can eat as much fruit as they want, but they’re wrong! People are so damn stupid. I guess they slept through all of their Biology classes in school.

  42. nance says:

    she is gorgeous “fat” and thin… she’s not fat though, she looks HEALTHY and has curves! there is nothing wrong with looking like a women… fat is when visualy is when there are bulges where where shouldn’t be lol! and when bmi is more than it should be… i think people should really start thinking about the terms they use for describing body type and when they use them…

    honestly thin and skinny have acually become very negative terms for me because now when I hear them, I think unhealthy and underweight… it’s funny how things work.

    if i had those curves I would be blessed!