Dove Cameron Reveals Past Battle With Anorexia

26 March 2018, 12:02 | Updated: 26 March 2018, 12:18

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Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

"I was not eating for days sometimes."

Dove Cameron is usually very candid with her fans, but she recently spoke about something in her life that she's never publically addressed before.

The young actress spoke to Stylecaster about her experience with anorexia, revealing that she would occasionally go days without eating.

“I’ve never said this before, but I had such a bad case of anorexia. I was so badly down that hole,” she told Stylecaster. “I was not eating for days sometimes. But it was because I thought I needed to be absolutely tiny to be loved. I genuinely thought I needed to be as skinny as I possibly could to be loved and appreciated and good enough.”

Dove Cameron
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Dove explained that her breaking point came when she witnessed girls in Hollywood, who had some of the same issues as her, give out dieting advice.

“They were telling little girls that if they just watch what they eat and run that they will look like that and that they should look like that and that that’s the picture of health,” she explained. “It made me so personally upset. That’s a blatant lie. That’s not OK."

Dove's frustration at people giving out misleading dieting advice is a good reminder that we should all take the words of social media "health gurus" with a pinch of salt. There are often other things going on behind the scenes that aren't being discussed.

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Fortunately, Dove says she is healthier and happier these days. Even though she is a very famous actress, her battle with an eating disorder is something that some of her fans might relate to on a personal level.

Kudos to Dove for opening up about a difficult period in her life.