There’s a refreshing trend in young Hollywood: total honesty and redemption. It first made waves when Demi Lovato opened up about battles with depression after she finished her famed rehab program. Now, Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale is bravely opening up about her past battle with an eating disorder.
For fans of the starlet, Hale’s candid revelation humanizes hers from a once untouchable, gorgeous television star to someone who seems more vulnerable and relatable. Hale’s confession brings her to a level alongside many of her teenage fans at a time when body image issues are at an all-time high — Anorexia is the third most common illness among adolescents according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. Hale’s acknowledgment about her eating disorder won’t cure or eliminate the issue all together — but, the more young starlets talk about the proliferation of body image problems, the better.