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Demi Lovato and mother battled life-threatening bulimia: 'I am going to die'

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For the first time, Demi Lovato is revealing the depths of her battle with bulimia. And at one point, she "realized if I don’t stop this, I am going to die," reported ABC News on Dec. 11.

Although we typically think of eating disorders among teens and young adults, Demi says that she began her binge and purge cycle when she was only eight years old.

She recalls "compulsively overeating" as a child, baking and consuming entire pans of cookies.

“I would bake cookies and then eat the whole pan,” Demi admitted.

She then became anorexic. But unable to sustain the self-starvation involved in that form of eating disorder, Demi binged and purged.

“I went to just completely starving myself, and that turned into throwing up,” she said looking back. “It got really difficult [and] I would throw up and it would just be blood and it was something that I realized if I don’t stop this, I am going to die.”

It was not until 2010 and 2011 that Demi went to rehab to be treated for her bulimia as well as drug addiction, revealed the Toronto Sun on Dec. 11.

And now Demi's mother is confessing her own battle with an eating disorder.

"I had issues I needed to work on as well because I wasn't setting a good example for her. I had a terrible eating disorder that I had for many, many years and I didn't realize it and I had to face up to the fact that I was suffering as well,' said Dianna De la Garza.

"And a lot of what Demi went through with an eating disorder had to do with what she had seen growing up and I also had severe depression and I ended up asking for help," she recalled.

During an intervention, Demi said, "Mom, you need to get help," added Dianna.

Demi praised her mother's honesty, tweeting, "I'm so proud of my momma @DiannaDeLaGarza for being open and honest about her struggles."

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