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After a specific Instagram user criticized Kesha’s looks, the singer addressed not only the user, but body shamers as a whole: “On behalf of anyone anywhere who struggles with body image, STOP IT.”
Kesha ends her post with:“My body is not your business. In conclusion, kill my magical imperfect ass.”
Kesha checked herself into treatment for anorexia and bulimia in 2014, when her mother stated the singer was close to death due to her eating disorder. Ever since Kesha has recovered, she has been actively and speaking about body image and the importance of health.
Just three weeks ago, Kesha captioned a photo saying, “I have been battling depression and an eating disorder for a while now. My career is in a strange place and it feels like I’m fighting an uphill fight some days. But I have decided to take my life back. My freedom. My happiness. My voice. My worth.”
Kesha is not the only celebrity who has battled eating disorders in the past. People such as Demi Lovato, Lindsay Lohan, Troian Bellisario, Lady Gaga, Jessica Alba and Kelly Clarkson have all overcome eating disorders. All of these people have come forward and spoken openly about their struggles. Eating disorders are more prevalent than some might believe.
Below are some statistics:
We grow up in a society where being skinny is considered more attractive than being “fat”, and yet when people try to achieve that beauty standard and end up being diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and/or other eating orders, they are looked down upon. As shown in the picture above, 10 million women battle anorexia or bulimia and from 1999 to just 2006, the amount of children under 12 years old with eating-disorder related hospitalizations have increased by a huge 119%. However, from the picture above you can also see that 1 million men battle anorexia or bulimia. There is a stigma that eating disorders are just solely for women, but that is not true.
You are not alone if you have an eating disorder. Just as eating disorders are life-changing and will be destructive to your body and your mind, recovery is life-changing as well. It gives you power and love that you never knew you had in you.
If you need to talk to someone or know someone who needs help, the National Eating Disorders Association’s hotline number is 1-800-931-2237.
Article by Janice.