When the hit song “All About That Bass” hit the charts, Meghan Trainor was in the limelight. The singer spoke to Entertainment Tonight about her life and her lifelong struggle with weight. Her remarks have drawn the ire of fellow singer Demi Lovato.
Meghan Trainor says she was a “chubby girl,” and cried when her crush as a teenager told her she would “be like real hot if you were 10 pounds lighter.” Trainor says she stopped eating for the rest of the day, but “wasn’t strong enough to have an eating disorder.” She jokingly said she tried to “go anorexic” for a few hours, but it didn’t last.
Demi Lovato took umbrage at that remark about eating disorders, calling out Meghan Trainor for them on Twitter.
Having an eating disorder doesn't show "strength." Strength is when are able to overcome your demons after being sick and tired for so long.— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) November 12, 2014
The series of tweets was fully documented by Perez Hilton, who praises Lovato for slamming Meghan Trainor’s remarks.
The insensitive remarks by Meghan and Lovato’s responses seem to have created a ground swell on social media. Eating disorders are a growing problem that has little awareness, Demi pointed out in her tweets, and jokes like those made by Trainor do not help matters.
As She Knows points out, however, Demi Lovato was not necessarily hating on Meghan Trainor specifically. She tweeted as much at the end of her series of posts, letting the world know that while she hopes to raise awareness of mental illness, she is not “hating.”
“Btw this isn’t a rant, just a reminder for everyone out there who may not know the severity of these deadly diseases. No hate here.”
That history of mental illness was highlighted recently by the Inquisitr.
As for the “All About That Bass” singer, Meghan Trainor has not given a public response to backlash towards her statements about anorexia.
According to the Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders website, only about one in 10 people with eating disorders receive treatment, and only 35 percent of those receive that treatment at a specialized facility. In the United States, up to 24 million people of all ages suffer from an eating disorder with anorexia being the third-most common chronic illness among adolescents.
On the other hand, Meghan Trainor has made it clear in the past, including in that Entertainment Tonight interview which has landed her in hot Lovato water, that while she struggles with weight issues, she is, for the most part, comfortable with her body as it is.