TikTok star Charli D'Amelio shares her struggle with eating disorder

Charli D’Amelio has opened up on her struggles with eating disorders.

The TikTok star has shared from the first time her own experience with an eating disorder, in the hope that she can ‘help someone else’.

The 16-year-old posted to her Instagram story: ‘I’ve always tried to use my voice when it comes to issues surrounding body image, but I’ve never talked about my own struggles with eating disorders. It’s so uncomfortable to admit to even your closest friends and family, let alone the world.

‘I’ve been afraid to share that I have an eating disorder, but ultimately I hope that by sharing this I can help someone else. I know eating disorders are something that so many other people are battling behind closed doors.’

Charli went on to apologise for anybody she triggered with song lyrics; it is unclear which lyrics she was referring to. 

She wrote: ‘To anyone I could have hurt by unintentionally playing a song and not realising that those lyrics could have trigged [sic] you, I deeply and truly apologise and I hope you know that I never intended to cause you harm.

‘For anyone that is struggling with this, I know some days can be worse than others, but I really hope you’ll swipe up to this link and get help if you need it. I need you to know that you are not alone. Remember it’s ok to reach out and get help. We all need help sometimes. I love you all and please stay strong.’

The influencer added a swipe up link to the National Eating Disorders Association’s website to her 28.4 million followers.

Charli had previously hinted at an eating disorder in a video to promote Safer Internet Day earlier this year.

She said: ‘Some of the most hurtful comments I read about myself online are, “She’s fatter than when we got her famous” or “She’s ugly.” They don’t like the way my face looks for some reason.

‘A lot about my body shape, my body type, which hits close to home because I struggled a lot with body image, body dysmorphia, bad eating habits. No one really knows that,.

‘It hurts for everyone no matter who you are. Getting hundreds of thousands of hate comments per week is a lot to handle.’

At just 16, Charli is the most followed person on TikTok, with a whopping 86.1 million followers – 27 million more than her nearest rival Addison Rae.

Her sister Dixie is also in the top 10, with 37.6 million followers.

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If you suspect you, a family member or friend has an eating disorder, contact Beat on 0808 801 0677 or at [email protected], for information and advice on the best way to get appropriate treatment

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