Demi Lovato on Staying Healthy: It’s a Daily Battle

By: Wes Ferguson / September 23, 2011

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In a revealing new interview, Demi Lovato admits that it’s a “daily battle” to stay on track.

“I check in with many, many people every single day,” she tells the Associated Press. “I have a very strong treatment team and it’s actually kind of overwhelming sometimes to have that many people just focused on you and your problems.”

Despite her personal issues — she has admitted to having an eating disorder, depression and cutting — she says making her troubles public has actually been rewarding for her.

“To me, it’s more rewarding for me to speak about these issues and know that I’m possibly making a difference in someone’s life,” she tells The Associated Press. “I feel like I’m held more accountable to stay healthy now because now I’m a role model to young girls to not have eating issues and to not say, ‘Hey, it’s OK to starve yourself’ or ‘It’s OK to throw up after your meals.’ That’s not OK.”

In fact, she says that admitting her struggles will likely help her career: “I think that’s what goes wrong in a lot of people’s careers, so many people are afraid to say, ‘This person has a problem’ or ‘This person maybe shouldn’t do this’ because they’re afraid of losing their jobs.”