Kesha has often spoken to fans and press about the eating disorder struggle that sent her to rehab in 2014. This week, she’s gone into full PSA mode about the issue. The singer and songwriter voices a video for the National Eating Disorders Association for NEDAwareness week, urging people to complete an online screening.
“Eating disorders are a life-threatening illness that can affect anyone,” she says in the video. “It doesn’t matter your age, your sex, your ethnicity — eating disorders don’t discriminate.”
Kesha spoke about her activism in December, when she received the Billboard Women in Music Trailblazer Award.
“These are struggles millions of people around the world deal with on a daily basis,” she said, according to The Cut. “The irony is, when I was very very sick and getting sicker, I would hear about how much better and better I was looking, and that is a problem. I decided I want to be part of the solution. And that’s why I decided to stand confident in my ever-changing, totally imperfect body and try to practice the self-worth and self-love that I preach in my music.”
NEDA’s campaign this week emphasizes that eating disorders aren’t just the domain of teenage girls and celebrities.
“A 2007 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that up to one-third of all eating disorder sufferers are male, and a 2015 study of US undergraduates found that transgender students were the group most likely to have been diagnosed with an eating disorder in the past year,” the association’s FAQ states.
NEDA also offers a helpline and a search engine to find local treatment resources.
“Many will not get the help they deserve because they are afraid or ashamed,” Kesha said in a press release for her PSA. “I am pleading with you to get the help that is waiting for you.”
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