Earlier this week, singer, Demi Lovato, proved to all her doubters that she would not let her happiness be ruined by the negative opinions of others.
The 26-year-old former Disney star took to her Instagram to clap back at a headline of an article written by Fabio Magnocavallo that defined her as having now having a “fuller figure”
Now having recovered from an eating disorder that left her out of commission for several weeks, Lovato shared a screenshot of the article on her Instagram along with the caption, “I AM MORE THAN MY WEIGHT.”
Lovato further stated:
“Unlike the past, I’m not triggered, I’m not upset that someone wrote a headline about my ‘fuller figure.’ I’m angry that people think it’s okay to write headlines about people’s body shapes,” she explained. “Especially a woman who has been so open about being in recovery from an eating disorder. I’m not upset for myself but for anyone easily influenced by the diet culture.”
She also encouraged her followers to ignore negative comments about their bodies saying, “If you’re reading this: Don’t listen to negative diet culture talk. You are more than a number on a scale. And I am more than a headline about my body shape.”
Magnocavallo would eventually reach out to the actress and apologize for his headline which earned him her thanks for owning up and taking responsibility.
In her final post on Instagram about the situation, Lovato championed making a difference by spreading love and positivity instead of negativity and hate.
“Change is made by raising your voice, speaking your truth and spreading love and compassion, not hate,” she said.PEOPLE, 2019
This is not Lovato’s first rodeo dealing with body shamers, however, as this past January she had slammed a “fat shaming” video game ad that had made its way onto her Instagram feed. The ad, in question, showed two types of women — one “obese” and the other “pretty” — and gamers could feed the “obese” woman a “controlled” diet of broccoli.
She would not stand for such a negative and short-sighted view to go unreprimanded:
“This is absolutely harmful to anyone who is easily influenced by societal pressures put on us by diet culture to constantly be losing weight in a world that teaches us to equate our value and worth with the way we look and especially anyone in recovery from an eating disorder,” the singer wrote in response.
Per PEOPLE in June, Lovato says that she stills deals with body shamers but now feels “a lot more free”
Most recently in January, she also said that she decided to give up dieting and “food shaming” herself.
Another stepping stone in the plus movement for women, Lovato’s confidence and positivity will certainly inspire many women to enjoy whatever foods their hearts desire without needing to feel embarrassed about their cravings or feel like they need to restrict themselves to a boring diet just to be healthy. Health is just as important mentally, and spiritually, emotionally as it is physically. Being plus doesn’t have to mean unhealthy, it is simply enjoying the luxuries that life has to offer. Why be concerned with the negative opinions of others if you’re already happy with yourself?