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After battling bulimia since age eight, Demi Lovato talks plastic surgery

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Demi Lovato has become famous for more than her raspy singing voice and tough-as-nails presence on "The X Factor." She's also known for her openness about battling with body image, bulimia and bullying for years. Now, however, Demi seems to be still struggling with her body image as she talked about plastic surgery, reported the Huffington Post on Dec. 23.

The discussion about plastic surgery arose when Demi talked with Miami's Y100 radio backstage at Jingle Ball 2013 and was asked to answer a question.

"You were picked to give one celebrity plastic surgery. Who would it be and what type of surgery?"

After contemplating the answer, Demi declared, "It should be me! I should get a boob job. They're like mosquito bites."

Although she appeared to be joking, Demi recently opened up to Katie Couric on Katie's talk show about her own battle with body image, diets and eating disorders.

"When I started having body image issues I remember being three years old in a diaper and rubbing my hand over my stomach ... and I remember thinking in my head 'I wonder if one day this will ever be flat?'" she recalled.

After that, Demi says she always hated her body, saying that verbal bullying tormented her in school.

"Words "played more of a toll on me than if I was physically abused in school. I've always said I wished that they had just hit me in the face and gotten it over with because what they said to me sticks to me to this day and it affected me, (turned) me into the person I am today. I was bullied and they called me fat and they called me horrible things," Demi told Katie.

She battled both bulimia and cutting prior to seeking professional help in rehab. And, in an interview with ABC News, Demi says that her eating disorder and diet struggles also began at an early age.

"I was compulsively overeating when I was eight years old," she said. "So, I guess, for the past 10 years I've had a really unhealthy relationship with food."

Part of her recovery has involved positive affirmations. Demi has put them into a book: "Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year" (click for details).



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