Kesha Makes A Heartfelt Public Service Announcement For Those Battling An Eating Disorder!
Singer Kesha has just lent her voice to the National Eating Disorders Association and released an emotional PSA to help those battling the disease.
The 30 year old revealed her own battle with an eating disorder back in 2014 when she spoke about it publicly in hopes of removing the stigma for other young adults in a similar situation.
The PSA released on Thursday features Kesha speaking about her own experiences as well as reading out some alarming statistics.
“Eating disorders are a life threatening illness that could affect anyone,” Kesha says in the video below. “Eating disorders don’t discriminate.”
Surprisingly, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder and will affect on average 20 million women and 10 million men in the US.
Kesha went on to explain why she chose this particular organisation to put her support behind.
“An eating disorder threatened my life and I was very afraid to confront it,” she said. “As I got sicker, the whole world kept telling me how much better I looked. That’s when I realized that I wanted to be a part of the solution, to stand tall and confident in my ever-changing, imperfect body. I am good enough, just as I am, no matter what number is on a scale or on the back of my jeans.”
On Thursday, Kesha posted a screenshot from the PSA on her Instagram account. “It’s time to talk about eating disorders,” she wrote in the caption. “This #NEDAwareness Week, I’m encouraging all of you to get screened.”
The singer urged anyone struggling to go and seek help. “Many will not get the help they deserve because they are afraid or ashamed. I am pleading with you to get the help that is waiting for you,” she said. “All you have to do is take the first step of being honest with yourself and decide that you want the freedom of recovery! We should all be proud of exactly who we are and, if you need help or know someone who does, NEDA is here.”
(If you or someone you know are struggling with an eating disorder, call the National Eating Disorder Association hotline at 1-800-931-2237.)