Demi Lovato says complimenting someone’s body is “HARMFUL”

Demi Lovato, who recently came out as non-binary, claimed that complimenting someone on their body is “harmful.”

  • Demi Lovato said on social media that complimenting someone’s looks is “harmful.”
  • The singer claimed that you should not compliment anyone’s body unless you know their “history with food.”
  • Last week, Lovato came out as non-binary and changed pronouns to they/them. 
Credits: Instagram

The popular singer and LGBT activist Demi Lovato, who publicly changed their pronouns to they/them, argued that complimenting a person based on their looks is “harmful.” According to the 28-year-old musician, you should not compliment anyone’s body unless you are familiar with their “history with food,” The Daily Wire reports.

In an Instagram story, the singer noted that a weight loss might be related to a severe eating disorder. Therefore, commenting on the change in someone’s body, even if you have the best intentions, might be detrimental.

On Sunday, Lovato wrote:

“Idk[I don’t know] who needs to hear this but complimenting someone on their weight loss can be as harmful as complimenting someone on their weight gain in regards to talking to someone in recovery from an eating disorder. 

If you don’t know someone’s history with food, please don’t comment on their body. Because even if your intention is pure, it might leave that person awake at 2 a.m. overthinking that statement…”

Last week, Demi Lovato announced they now identify as non-binary.

The performer of hits like “I Love Me,” “Sorry Not Sorry,” and “Dancing With the Devil” admitted that receiving a compliment about your body shape can sometimes “feel great.” However, she insisted:

“Does it feel great? Yeah, sometimes. But only to the loud a** eating disorder voice inside my head that says ‘See, people like a thinner you’ or ‘If you eat less you’ll lose more weight.’ But it can also sometimes suck because then I start thinking ‘Well, damn. What’d they think of my body before?'”

Lovato concluded:

“Moral of the story: I am more than the shell for my soul that is my body and every day I fight to remind myself of that, so I’m asking you to please not remind me that that is all people see of me sometimes.”

Credits: Instagram

The musician is well-known for their body positivity activism. 

Earlier this year, Demi Lovato confronted The Bigg Chill Frozen Yogurt shop in LA for offering their customers sugar-free options. They called the store owners “diet vultures” for having “tons of sugar-free cookies/other diet foods.” 

In a follow-up statement, Lovato told the yogurt shop:

“You can find a way to provide an inviting environment for all people with different needs. Including eating disorders — one of the deadliest mental illnesses only second to [opioid] overdoses. Don’t make excuses, just do better.”

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