"I don't think there's going to be a day when I don't think about food or my body," Lovato admits, "but I'm living with it, and I wish I could tell young girls to find their safe place and stay with it."
"There have been times when I definitely have been tempted to get rid of my dinner," she continues. "I will deal with it for the rest of my life because it's a life-long disease."
The brave young star hopes that by sharing her story, she can help young girls who face similar struggles.
"It's very crucial that you get your feelings out, but don't ever inflict harm on your own body because your body is so sacred," Lovato cautions. "If you are going through that dark period, go to your family and closest friends. Don't put yourself in danger."