You never know what people are dealing with behind the scenes.

Olivia Harvey
September 11, 2020
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Charli D'Amelio, Instagram

Trigger warning: This content includes references to eating disorders.

Yesterday, September 10th, TikTok star Charli D'Amelio opened up to her fans and followers about her own struggles with eating disorders. The 16-year-old posted a message to her Instagram Stories stating that she hopes that by talking about her own experience, she can help those going through similar situations seek help and better their own mental health.

"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," D'Amelio wrote in her Stories. "It’s so uncomfortable to admit to even your closest friends and family, let alone the world."

She continued, "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."

D'Amelio wrote that she knows so many struggle with managing eating disorders "behind closed doors," and their disorders be triggered by certain images, songs, or ideas.

"To anyone I could have hurt by unintentionally playing a song and not realizing that those lyrics could have [triggered] you, I deeply and truly apologize and I hope you know that I never intended to cause you harm," she wrote, adding that she is all too familiar with the fact that some days can be worse than others when dealing with an eating disorder.

"I really hope you'll swipe up to this link and get help if you need it," she wrote, having included a link to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), which offers several hotlines for those who need help managing their disorder. D'Amelio continued, "I need you to know you are not alone. Remember it's ok to reach out and get help. We all need help sometimes."

Charli D'Amelio, Instagram

With nearly 90 million followers on TikTok, D'Amelio has put her platform to great use, encouraging her followers to take control of their health and seek help if necessary.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, please visit the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) for more information and support or text “NEDA” to 741-741.