When 18 year-old Disney Channel star Demi Lovato entered rehab last November, rumors swirled that she was simply partying too hard.
In a new interview with "Seventeen" magazine, Lovato explains that her troubles had a much darker root.
"I don't think there's going to be a day when I don't think about food or my body," Lovato tells the magazine, "but I'm living with it, and I wish I could tell young girls to find their safe place and stay with it."
Lovato entered rehab late last year after getting into a physical altercation with a back-up dancer while touring with the Jonas Brothers. She was reported to have checked into an undisclosed rehab facility for "emotional and physical issues."
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Lovato is attempting to refocus on her career, and she is also a contributing editor to "Seventeen."
“I will deal with it for the rest of my life because it’s a life-long disease," continues Lovato. "I don’t think there’s going to be a day when I don’t think about food or my body, but I’m living with it, and I wish I could tell young girls to find their safe place and stay with it.”