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Demi Lovato Calls Out Tabloid Bodysnarkers

Go Demi! Our favorite fierce advocate for positive body image is taking Star magazine to task.

On Monday, Demi tweeted the above pic from Star. The magazine claims that Kate Middleton's "expanding waistline" is proof that she's pregnant. "So apparently Kate Middleton (William?) is pregnant because of THIS picture... Are you KIDDING ME?!!" Demi then followed up that tweet with this one: "And people wonder why girls/guys have body image issues.. Whether she is or not, she still has a beautiful body. Shame on you Star magazine." Seconded!

There is no doubt that the non-stop scrutiny of celebs' bodies (including Demi Lovato's) is affecting the way girls and guys feel about themselves. “I know a ten year old girl who stopped eating after reading comments online that people had made about a picture of Demi Lovato," Jen Rubino, 17, told us. "Things like comments or tweets may seem simple, but they can really impact girls in a negative way by causing them to have unrealistic expectations about what thin is. I've seen that and experienced that.”

And the obsession with tracking, er stalking, female stars and speculating whether their stomach size is evidence of a growing baby or a big burrito lunch is sending a very scary message to young people. "A lot of girls fantasize about growing up, getting married and having adorable children with dimples—myself included," Catherine Weingarten wrote in her recent post, I'm Years from Motherhood and I'm Already Sick of Post-Baby Weight Loss Stories. "But in our culture, we now experience pregnancy—and even the thought of having a child in the future—with the anxiety of how to stay fit before and after."

We cannot pass these ridiculous stories off as silly tabloid "trends" when we know that they have a toxic effect on how we see ourselves and each other. We're thankful to Demi and other celebrities who have spoken out to stop the snark.

Wat can you do to make a difference? Join our Stamp Out Bodysnarking campaign.

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