Demi Lovato Talks Eating Disorders, Body Images, "Not Focusing on Guys"

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Demi Lovato gets very personal in the latest issue of Cosmo on Campus.

Speaking to the British publication, the actress/singer touches on her long-time eating disorder, the perception of her body and the mistakes she believes many young women make when it comes to the opposite sex.

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"I was about 12 or 13 when I developed my eating disorder, and at that time nobody in the public eye talked about their body issues," says the 20-year old, whose problems went far beyond a focus on healthy recipes.

"I feel that if someone had admitted they had a problem, then I wouldn't have gone down that route myself," she said. "That's my goal in talking about my problems: I want to be the person for other girls that I needed to admire when I was looking for help and strength."

Among other topics touched on by Lovato, who has recently credited friends such as Taylor Swift for helping her get by:

Body Image: "It's OK to love your body the way it is and it's OK to reach out for help if you have drug and alcohol problems, or if you're self-harming or being bullied."

Focusing on What's Important: "It is very unhealthy when girls devote all of their time to a guy and forget their friends and family. I did that. I was always looking for distractions because I was so afraid of being alone."

Where She is Now: "I can finally trust and love and be a better person for the man I am in a relationship with, instead of being a clingy girlfriend or getting jealous."

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I love that you have came forward and told everyone about your problem. I hope it helps someone whose going through the same situation.