Demi Lovato has been battling her eating disorder ever since her days working on the Disney Channel show ‘Sonny With A Chance’, but in October of 2010 Lovato sought out treatment for the illness and came back into the entertainment industry stronger than ever.
Unfortunately Disney hasn’t learned much from Lovato’s struggle with her eating disorder and how serious it is for women of all ages across the world. In a recent episode of the Disney show ‘Shake It Up’, one of the characters on the show said “I could just eat you up, well if I ate” and the dialogue left Demi shaking her head at Disney.
Lovato expressed her outrage towards Disney’s ‘joke’ about eating disorders on her Twitter account, saying;
“I could just eat you up, well if I ate” – Disney Chanel’s Shake It Up…. What are we promoting here? #notfunnyATALL. I find it really funny how a company can lose one of their actress’ from the pressures of an EATING DISORDER and yet still make joke about that very disease….. #nice. And is it just me or are the actress’ getting THINNER AND THINNER…. I miss the days of RAVEN, and LIZZIE MCGUIRE. Dear Disney Channel, EATING DISORDERS ARE NOT SOMETHING TO JOKE ABOUT.”
The Disney Channel responded to Lovato’s comments and will be pulling the episodes immediately for review. They said;
“@ddlovato – we hear you & are pulling both episodes as quickly as possible & reevaluating them. It’s NEVER our intention to make light of eating disorders!”
Demi thanked Disney for pulling the episodes and then clarified her original point for fans. She wrote;
“Just clearing things up, I have nothing against any specific actress/actor or tv show.. Nor do I think there’s anything wrong with girls who aren’t curvy, I just was stating a fact that there needs to be more variety on television so young girls growing up don’t feel pressured to look one specific way. Tall, thin, curvy, short, whatever you are, you are beautiful.”
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