While it's not uncommon for child stars to head to rehab, former Disney star Demi Lovato has returned from treatment with grace and appears to be fully embracing recovery. That's just one of the reasons why the Internet's taunts about her weight gain is so cruel.
Lovato became a trending topic on Twitter last night after she appeared as a presenter at the MTV Video Music Awards and some mean-spirited users commented on her post-rehab figure.
The actress and singer left rehab at the end of January, where she was treated for depression, an eating disorder and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
The "Skyscraper" singer has been open about dealing with emotional issues and has made a point to stress her new sober lifestyle wearing t-shirts that read, "Sober Is Sexy" and accessorizing her phone with a sticker that says, "Heroin killed the radio star."
Rather than ignoring the mean tweets, Lovato stood up to the online bullies. According to the New York Daily News Lovato wrote in a tweet:
"I've gained weight. Get over it. That's what happens when you get out of treatment for AN EATING DISORDER."
Lovato makes a good point, but she soon deleted the tweet replacing it with another positive message:
Guess what, I'm healthy and happy, and if you're hating on my weight you obviously aren't. :) #UNBROKEN
Kudos to Lovato for sticking up for herself on what probably was already an emotionally taxing night. With a celebrity-packed event like the VMAs it's no surprise she ran into her ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas backstage.
Check out some other celebrities who have battled eating disorders:
In 2005, actress Jessica Alba told Glamour, "A lot of girls have eating disorders, and I did too. I got obsessed with it. When I went from a girl's body to a woman's body with natural fat in places, I freaked out. It makes you feel weird, like you're not ready for that body."
In 2006, singer Katharine McPhee talked to "Good Morning America" about her five-year battle with bulimia that nearly destroyed her vocal chords. At her worst point, McPhee binged and purged as many as seven times a day, she said just a few weeks ago. She said that appearing on "American Idol" saved her life by forcing her to confront her problem.
"Sopranos" star Jamie-Lynn Sigler told "The Early Show" she had exercise bulimia: "I ended up starting at a routine which was, you know, 20 minutes in the morning and cutting back a little on my calories. And it snowballed into six or seven hours a day of exercise," said Sigler.
In 2007, singer Kelly Clarkson told CosmoGirl that she was bulimic in high school. "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," she said.
In 2010, former "Full House" star Candace Cameron Bure revealed her battle with bulimia when she released her book titled, "Reshaping It All." She told People that she began binging and purging after "Full House" ended its run in 1995 and she was adjusting to life in Canada with her new husband, Russian-born NHL player Valeri Bure.
In 2005 actress Kate Beckinsale opened up about her anorexic past. The star once weighed only 70 lbs and needed to attend five therapy sessions a week for four years to fight the disease.
In 2005 singer and actress Ashlee Simpson told Cosmopolitan that as a young ballerina she struggled with anorexia. "I was around a lot of girls with eating disorders, and I actually had a minor one myself," says Simpson, who at one point stood 5'2" but only weighed 70 lbs. Simpson said her parents stepped in and made her eat, adding that family support really helped her.
In 2006 after the public watched her shrink before their eyes, actress Lindsay Lohan confessed to Vanity Fair that she was "making herself sick," which many took as a reference to bulimia. She told the magazine that Tina Fed and SNL producer Lorne Michaels staged an intervention telling her she needed to take care of herself.
Actress and former child star Mary Kate Olsen famously went to rehab in 2003 for anorexia, but rarely spoke about it. In 2008 she confessed that the disease nearly killed her. "There have definitely been times in my life when I just turned to people and said, 'I'm done - this is too much for me. This is too over-whelming," she said.