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'Pretty Little Liars' Star Lucy Hale Adds to Honesty Trend, Reveals Eating Disorder

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Aug 08, 2012 | 7:09am EDT

Lucy Hale Reveals Eating DisorderThere'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. 

In an interview with Cosmpolitan magazine for their September 2012 issue, Hale discusses her former body image issues and her eating disorder. According to E!, Hale says, "I've never really talked about this, but I would go days without eating." The actress opens up about her worrisome eating habits, adding, "Or maybe I'd have some fruit and then go to the gym for three hours. I knew I had a problem… It was a gradual process but I changed myself."

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. 

With the addition of Hale's honesty, it seems that we could be entering a new era of young Hollywood — an era that promotes well-being and self-improvement, no matter how negative the connotations of one's past may be. 

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