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OTRC: Demi Lovato wants to be a body image role model for teenage girls

Demi Lovato and Ellen DeGeneres appear in a still from 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show.' (Warner Bros. / Michael Rozman)

Demi Lovato has been open about her battle with eating disorders and told Ellen DeGeneres that she would like to be a role model for teenage girls who feel the pressure to be thin.

"It's very unhealthy, there was nobody out there for me to look at and say maybe this is unhealthy," Lovato said on an episode of the "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" scheduled to air on Tuesday, E! News reports. "I want to be that for a 13-year old girl at home deciding whether or not to eat dinner, or an 18-year-old girl deciding whether or not to keep her breakfast down."

The 19-year-old Disney star entered treatment nearly a year ago for "emotional and psychical issues." When Lovato left treatment in January, she decided to be outspoken about what she had been through.

"One of the reasons why I became so outspoken when I decided to come out of treatment and talk about my issues was because when I grew up I was dealing with the pressures to be thin," Lovato continued. "It was the time in the tabloids when very, very skinny girls were on the cover of every magazine and that's what I was looking up to. That's what I had to idolize. I don't want that for young girls to idolize."

"I went from being at the highlight of my career," Lovato said. "So many things were going great in my life and then all of the sudden my personal life just went down at crazy speeds. I had a negative breakdown and it changed my life forever, but I'm glad that it did, because if I had never gone into the treatment ... I don't know if, one, I'd even be sitting here today. Two, if I'd be alive today."

Lovato has been busy promoting her recent single, "Skyscraper," which premiered in July. In May, Lovato posted a photo of herself in a bikini, just weeks after she underwent treatment in a clinic and revealed she had battled anorexia and bulimia.

On April 19, a Disney Channel spokesperson confirmed Lovato would not return to her show "Sonny With a Chance." The actress, who had played main character Sonny Munroe since the show began in 2009, had said she wanted to focus on her music and that she didn't think shooting the series would be "healthy" for her recovery.

Lovato recently revealed that she has struggled with food addiction, cutting and depression and told Seventeen magazine: "I basically had a nervous breakdown."

See a promo for Demi Lovato's appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" below.

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