How Thomas Doherty Helps Dove Cameron Battle Her Eating Disorder

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Dove Cameron may look like she’s living her best life at all times, but, like everyone else, she still faces her daily struggles — and that includes battling an eating disorder and body dysmorphia.

The 22-year-old Disney Channel star first shed light on her battles in March, telling StyleCaster:

“I’ve never said this before, but I had such a bad case of anorexia. I was so badly down that hole. I was not eating for days sometimes. But it was because I thought I needed to be absolutely tiny to be loved. I genuinely thought I needed to be as skinny as I possibly could to be loved and appreciated and good enough.”

She continued:

“I started to watch some people that I knew personally go so far down the not-eating hole of trying to be so skinny because that’s such a thing in Hollywood. We never want to say it, but it’s such a big thing. Girls try to be as thin as possible. Not all of them, but a lot of them.”

Dove realized that if she were to be a role model, then she needed to live like the girls that she needed when she was younger. Nevertheless, it’s not easy to give up an ED; she said that it’s “really hard to maintain health and a normality.”

“I don’t want to be dishonest. I don’t want to say, ‘I’m so happy and everything is fine.'”

Fortunately, it looks like she has a great support system in boyfriend Thomas Doherty. The Descendants actress recently took to Instagram Stories to show her fans supportive text messages from her love of one-and-a-half years:

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Instagram (@dovecameron)

While a few text messages may seem like such small and trivial things, they can actually be really helpful, especially to someone who feels at a loss. So, good on ya, Thomas!

If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder and/or body dysmorphia, please contact that National Eating Disorders Helpline at 1-800-931-2237.