Demi Lovato angry about eating disorder joke on Disney
December 26th, 2011
10:00 AM ET

Demi Lovato angry about eating disorder joke on Disney

Demi Lovato isn’t happy with the Disney Channel.

The former “Sonny With a Chance” star, who has been treated for depression and an eating disorder, publicly expressed her dismay regarding a joke she heard on the network’s “Shake It Up!”

“‘I could just eat you up, well if I ate’ – Disney Channel’s ‘Shake It Up’.... What are we promoting here?” the 19-year-old singer tweeted. “I find it really funny how a company can lose one of their actress’ [sic] from the pressures of an EATING DISORDER and yet still make joke about … that very disease.”

Lovato then references missing the Disney shows that starred Raven-Symone (“That’s So Raven”) and Hilary Duff (“Lizzie McGuire”) saying, “And is it just me, or are the actress’ [sic] getting THINNER AND THINNER … Dear Disney Channel, EATING DISORDERS ARE NOT SOMETHING TO JOKE ABOUT.”

She followed up her tweet with something of a disclaimer: “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 TV so young girls growing up don’t feel pressured to look one specific way.”

One of Lovato's 5.3 million Twitter followers responded, saying, “& they said something about that on ‘So Random.’ It [expletive] me off when they joke about it.”

Moments later, the Disney Channel's media relations account tweeted in response to  Lovato, “We hear you & are pulling both episodes as quickly as possible & reevaluating them … It’s NEVER our intention to make light of eating disorders!”

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  1. Lashanda Pingitore

    It is unknown how many adults and children suffer with other serious, significant eating disorders, including one category of eating disorders called eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS). EDNOS includes eating disorders that do not meet the criteria for anorexia or bulimia nervosa. Binge-eating disorder is a type of eating disorder called EDNOS. '-^-

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    June 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. January Dellapaolera

    Eating disorders are sometimes hard to cure. It requires a long rehabiliation time.'

    Our personal blog

    November 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. music

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    April 4, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. Maymay

    @Booo Yeah, trust me hon, I seriously doubt you looked "Fab" when you had an eating disorder.

    March 6, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Booo

    That's certainly not something body conscious tweens need to hear. I had an eating disorder in junior high – and I looked fab by the way. I wouldn't wish it on someone else though.

    December 27, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. okeydokey

    Stop whining ! if you know your own truth,Demi stop defending yourself. Relax,don't be so sensitive....duh...

    December 27, 2011 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. lojenk

    December 27, 2011 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. The Outlaw

    I think there was one.

    December 26, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The Outlaw

    I there was one.

    December 26, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Observer

    I could be wrong, but there was one obese girl in the "High School Musical" movies, no?

    December 26, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Anitameel

    The 'Disney'people suck.

    December 26, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |

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