Demi Lovato Beating Eating Disorder

Recovering from bulimia, Disney star Demi Lovato tweets a photo of herself in a bikini and includes an inspiring message to other girls struggling with body image issues.

Demi Lovato bikini picture

Demi Lovato seems to be making progress with conquering her eating disorder and self-harm issues. The 18-year-old Sonny with a Chance star entered rehab this year to help her recover, and she tweeted a photo of herself healthy and smiling in a bikini.

"I've been working so hard to get healthy and fit... I can't believe I'm about to do this but I'm so excited. Here's my bikini time body!" she tweets.

Showing off her tanned and toned body (along with her ribcage tattoo), Lovato poses for the camera in a white bikini.

"I never thought I'd ever feel confident enough to ever do that. I'm excited how far I've come since being completely ashamed of my body," she writes. "I want any girl/guy out there who struggles with body image or confidence to know that it IS possible to find peace with yourself."

Lovato struggled with an eating disorder at the age of 12, after being bullied for being fat. She said it eventually progressed into bulimia. "At my worst, I was doing it five times a day. I threw up so hard and so much, it was just blood in the toilet." She said she soon started taking drugs and alcohol -- and even started cutting herself as "a way of relieving pressure when I was stressed and had anxiety."

Lovato checked into a rehabilitation program in October of 2010 and stayed for three months to help her work on her issues.

"It hasn't been easy, but it starts with a commitment to yourself. Your mind. And your soul. And trust me, I'm still working at it!!" she tweeted.

Way to go, Demi! We are pulling for you!

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somgrl8 January 04, 2012 | 2:23 AM

It's awesome...but when people have issues with their weight and then they get in shape and they feel good about themselves...isn't it somewhat of the same issue. Now they're happy b/c they look good, so they run 5 miles a day and do all these things that may make them more aesthetically pleasing to the masses which then results in them feeling good about themselves. Shouldn't we really be teaching people to accept themselves as they are. Because typically they'll battle with it again when the chips are down and they no longer have personal trainers then it gets bad. I've been thin and overweight and I'm always fine with myself and some how manage to get looks everywhere I go. It's my attitude that exudes and is constant. There was a couple that wanted to adopt a child in England but the husband was overweight not that bad though. But they didn't want to let him b/c of that. He had great job and so much love. I have a neighbor that is quite large. Really large and he's an incredibly happy person and one of the most thoughtful person for the people that everyone else ignores...gardeners...etc. I have two male friends that one diets like crazy the other works out and takes all these very intense supplements and they talk down to my bf who used to be so skinny and now he is a perfect weight for him. The funny thing is...that their life is so tied into their looks. The constant is me and my bf. We are who we are and we accept ourselves. I had large breasts at young age and everyone made me feel like I was some kind of or something...b/c of it. I had no control over my appearance being more attractive than others. When I gained weight later on in life I felt like girls were nicer to me. They weren't threatened or just trying to be my friend b/c the cute boy liked me. It's best to be healthy but don't miss out on life b/c there's an image to maintain. You need to cultivate from within.

Whitney Earl December 19, 2011 | 6:03 PM

I am very proud of Demi. She is avbsolutely gorgeous. WHen I heard that she was being teased about her weight, I wondered Demi WHO??? I never thought she was anywhere close to being fat. She was gorgeous then and now, her confidence and hard work has paid off because she is beautiful. The greatest thing about that is, Now, she knows it too.

NYCity GIRL....... June 10, 2011 | 8:17 PM

I want you to know demi....many girls i know in nyc look up to you.....as you may know nyc is all about fashion & Glitz.You will lose who you are trying to keep up. never forget how God has made you and where you come from, we are all special within, even when we have days when it does not feel like it..as women we all struggle with body image if we compare ourselves to others..... instead of comparing to one another we should come together to another...God bless.....

sunberrybarbie May 16, 2011 | 11:32 PM

im so proud of her

yeahyuh May 16, 2011 | 6:41 PM

She is SMOKIN' HOT! (two thumbs way up)

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