Dove took to Twitter this week to respond to fans struggling with the same illness. She said to one fan: “Recovery is so messy!!! Forgive yourself.”
One fan wrote “@DoveCameron is such an inspiration to me, as someone who has dealt with both bulimia and anorexia it is so easier to let relapses define you but you never should.”
Dove encouraged sufferers to speak to family and friends, and to always remember that slip-ups aren’t only natural but human.”Try and prioritize health over image. It’s very hard. It’s an ongoing thing.”
It is so important that those with a platform share their story and are honest. The guilt and shame surrounding eating disorders could be one reason many don’t seek help. Beat has revealed that 1.25 million people in the UK have an eating disorder, the most common being anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. If you, or someone you know has an eating disorder, please call Beat’s helpline: 0808 801 0677.
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Author: Scarlett Victoria Clark
Scarlett Victoria Clark is Founder and Editor of SMART GIRL TRIBE and a multi-lingual journalist. She has also written for Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Women’s Health. When not writing she enjoys travelling and shopping for (more) heels.