Demi Lovato Supports Weight-Loss Tea & is Accused of Promoting Eating Disorders

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Lately Demi Lovato has been all about promoting body positivity and confidence in your own skin, so you can imagine how shocked people were when they saw her, someone who has struggled with eating disorders in the past, supporting a detox tea on Instagram yesterday.

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She captioned the promotional image, “This year is all about #selflove truly taking care of myself and exercising has changed everything for me. @teamiblends has #sponsored my 30 day detox challenge to help get rid of toxins and my bloating for summer. I’m on Day 7 right now & it’s so easy! I just drink their tea every single day in my favorite purple tumbler. I love taking it to shoots and the studio with me. If you are ready to be your best YOU this summer, use my Code: DEMI for 20% off your detox program when you check out! I want all of you to do the challenge with me! #thankyouteami #teamitumbler #healthylifestyle”

While Teami Blends says it is an “all-natural loose leaf tea company that combines only the highest quality ingredients, its products also promote “reduction in cravings and appetite [and] increased metabolism,” meaning it can be used for weight loss. Thousands of fans saw this as particularly problematic because it can promote eating disorders in young girls and is basically the opposite of what the 24-year-old often says she stands for.



“No filter no edit, love your body the way it is,” the “Body Say” crooner wrote on Insta just days before promoting the tea.


These 15 celebs struggled with (and OVERCAME!!) an eating disorder:

Troian Bellisario

She admits in the February 2014 issue of Seventeen, "I started self-harming when I was a junior. I would withhold food or withhold going out with my friends, based on how well I did that day in school... I didn't know what was right and what was wrong, so I think I created this bizarre system of checks and balances to create order in my world. But it really backfired."

Photo: Seventeen

Ashlee Simpson

In a 2005 interview with Cosmopolitan, Jessica Simpson's younger sis said, "When I went to ballet school, I was around a lot of girls with eating disorders, and I actually had a minor one myself. It was about six months of not eating too much at all. I was 11 and 5 feet 2 and about 70 pounds. But then my parents stepped in and made me eat. That really helped a lot."

Photo: Cosmopolitan

Lucy Hale

The Pretty Little Liars star told Cosmopolitan, "I've never really talked about this, but I would go days without eating. Or maybe I'd have some fruit and then go to the gym for three hours. I knew I had a problem... It was a gradual process. but I changed myself."

Photo: Cosmopolitan

Demi Lovato

After her stint in rehab, the "Heart Attack" singer told Seventeen, "I started compulsively overeating at a very young age. And then I almost stopped eating altogether at the age of 12, after being harassed by kids at school, for being "fat". My eating disorder will continue to affect me for the rest of my life, but I'm proud to say that I got the help I needed, and am now the happiest and healthiest I have ever been!"

Photo: Seventeen

Mary-Kate Olsen

Six years after entering treatment in 2004, Ashley Olsen's twin told Marie Claire, "I think it's really important to be able to talk when something's wrong. I learned at a really young age that if you don't talk about it, it can drive you insane."

Photo: Marie Claire

Lady Gaga

At a conference called "It's Our Turn," the "Born This Way" singer revealed, "It's really hard, but... you've got to talk to somebody about it. It made my voice bad, so I had to stop. The acid on your vocal cords... it's very bad."

"Weight is still a struggle. Every video I'm in, every magazine cover, they stretch you -- they make you perfect. It's not real life. I'm gonna say this about girls: The dieting has got to stop. Everyone just knock it off. Because at the end of the day, it's affecting kids your age -- and it's making girls sick."

Photo: Twitter (@ladygaga)

Brittany Snow

The beautiful Hairspray star had a nine-year struggle with eating disorders: "I'm an actress, and because of the way Hollywood is, I do have to watch what I eat. No one has told me I need to look a certain way, and that's great. The eating disorder will always be a part of my life. Some days, I think I'd like to be a size 0, but realistically, I think, 'Come on, Brit. You're great.'"

Photo: New Line Cinema


Behind the scenes of Dancing with the Stars, the pint-sized Jersey Shore star revealed, "Cheerleading was my life in high school, but it wasn't always easy for me. I started to be anorexic. There were these little girls coming up, like freshmen, who were literally, like, 70 pounds. And I was like, 'My spot as a flier is going to get taken away.' So I ended up starving myself. It was a really, really, bad time for me." Fortunately, now she's looking forward to "make new positive memories."

Photo: ABC

Kelly Clarkson

The first winner of American Idol struggled with her weight as a teenager. After losing out on a part in a musical to a skinnier (yet less-talented singer) in high school, she thought, "If I came back and I was cuter and thinner — then I'll get the role. The lesson I took from that was purely superficial, but that's what I grew up thinking for a long time. It wasn't smart, and I headed straight into an eating disorder and became bulimic for the next six months."

Photo: RCA

Katharine McPhee

In an interview with PEOPLE, the American Idol runner-up said, "When I made it onto [AI], I knew that food — my eating disorder — was the one thing really holding me back. I was binging my whole life away for days at a time... So when I got on the show, I said, 'You know what? I can do well in this competition. Let me give myself a chance and just get ahold of this thing.'"


Jessica Alba

Back in 2005, the now-mama admitted, "Everyone in my family is overweight. I wanted to be healthier, so I started cooking for myself when I was 12." She added, "A lot of girls have eating disorders and I did too. I became obsessed with it. I never see myself as a beautiful woman and have never traded on that to get ahead in this business."

Photo: Glamour

Lindsay Lohan

She admitted to Vanity Fair (via MTV), "I was making myself sick. [Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels and head writer Tina Fey] sat me down, literally before I was going to do (SNL), and they said, 'You need to take care of yourself. We care about you too much, and we've seen too many people do this, and you're talented,' and I just started bawling. I knew I had a problem and I couldn't admit it. I saw that SNL after I did it. My arms were disgusting. I had no arms."

Photo: Vanity Fair

Amanda Bynes

In early 2013, the former child star took to Twitter to announce her anorexia, and her plans to lose more weight. Months later, though, she was forced into rehab, and is now under her family's watch and care.

Photo: Twitter (@AmandaBynes)

Nicole Scherzinger

The former Pussycat Doll revealed on VH1, "I guess it was like my addiction, right? I never did drugs, but kinda doing things to myself was my addiction. It's like when I got offstage, I was on this high, and I'd come back to my room and I'd be alone, so I would just do things. My bulimia was my addiction; hurting myself was my addiction... I've had my ups and downs, and I'm still trying, but overall, it's been a really great journey, and I'm thankful for everything that I've been through."

Photo: VH1

Stephanie Pratt

After binging and purging after watching scenes she shot with Lauren Conrad, the former star of The Hills told Us Weekly in 2007, "I was horrified. I remember saying, 'I can't believe how huge I look walking over to Lauren.'"

Photo: MTV

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