X Factor judge Demi Lovato will discuss her prolonged battle with body image, bulimia, and bullying on this afternoon’s episode of Katie. But she’s not the only one opening up about her troubled past: Katie Couric will also candidly discuss her own struggle with bulimia.
“I wrestled with bulimia all through college and for two years after that,” Couric reveals on the show, according to the New York Post. “And I know this rigidity, this feeling that if you eat one thing that’s wrong, you’re full of self-loathing and then you punish yourself, whether it’s one cookie or a stick of gum that isn’t sugarless, that I would sometimes beat myself up for that.
“How do you have a healthy relationship with food, and say, ‘You know what, I can have one cookie and it’s OK?’” she continues. “That is such a huge thing for people who wrestle with this.”
Couric eventually beat the disease with help from a therapist.
Lovato can certainly relate to Couric’s eating disorder experience. The former Disney Channel star tells the host that she first realized she had body image issues when she was just a toddler: “I remember being three years old in a diaper and rubbing my hand over my stomach … and I remember thinking in my head, ‘I wonder if one day this will ever be flat?’”
Lovato also opens up about being bullied in school and entering an in-patient rehab facility in 2010.