Demi Lovato documents on-going struggle with eating disorder in shocking before and after pics

Demi Lovato is a living example of overcoming an eating disorder. The 25-year-old GRAMMY nominee and activist took to Instagram Stories late Tuesday night to share a shocking before and after photo of herself.

“Recovery is possible,” she captioned the drastically different mirror selfies.

Lovato has been open about her struggles with bulimia nervosa, which started at an early age. In her new YouTube documentary, Simply Complicated, which premiered earlier this week, Lovato admits to relapsing on binging and purging one night to combat her loneliness. 

Demi Lovato shares before and after photos
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“When I feel lonely, my heart feels hungry and then I end up binging and I don’t know how to figure out how to be alone,” Lovato tells her manager in the documentary. “One thing that I haven’t fully conquered is my eating disorder.”

She also opened up to a nutritionist, admitting, “Food is still the biggest challenge in my life. It’s something that I’m constantly thinking about.”

Ready for a big week!! @fabletics ✌🏼

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The former Disney Channel star felt it was important to open up in the documentary about some of the more challenging topics like her eating disorder, substance abuse problems, and her split from Wilmer Valderrama. 

"That's the type of honesty that people need to hear in order to protect themselves from possibly going down that road, because drugs and alcohol [are] so tempting," she told ET’s Keltie Knight in a recent sit-down. "There are times where you are faced with the choice of, 'Do I do this, or do I not do this?' and I want to prevent my fans from going through the things that I've been through.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 20: Actor Wilmer Valderrama (L) and Actress / Singer Demi Lovato (R) attend the I Have A Dream Foundation 3rd annual Dreamer Dinner at The Skirball Cultural Center on March 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Wilmer Valderrama and singer Demi Lovato arrives at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Wilmer Valderrama and singer Demi Lovato arrive at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Wilmer Valderrama and singer Demi Lovato attend the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Actor Wilmer Valderrama (L) and recording artist Demi Lovato attend the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/VF16/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Singer Demi Lovato (L) and actor Wilmer Valderrama attend The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Actor Wilmer Valderrama (L) and recording artist Demi Lovato attend the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2015/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Actor Wilmer Valderrama (L) and Demi Lovato attend the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/AMA2015/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Actor Wilmer Valderrama (L) and actress/recording artist Demi Lovato attend the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/AMA2015/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 26: Demi Lovato and boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama are seen out in Tribeca on October 26, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Singer Demi Lovato and actor Wilmer Valderrama are seen walking in Soho on October 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 26: Demi Lovato and boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama are seen out in Tribeca on October 26, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: (L-R) Singer Demi Lovato, rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs and actor Wilmer Valderrama attend the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: (L-R) Singer Demi Lovato, rapper Sean Combs, and Wilmer Valderrama attend the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 18: Demi Lovato (L) and Wilmer Valderrama attend the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 18, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 18: Singer Demi Lovato (L) and actor Wilmer Valderrama attend the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 18, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 31: Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama during the UFC 183 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (L) Actor Wilmer Valderrama and singer Demi Lovato in attandance during the UFC 184 event at Staples Center on February 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - OCTOBER 08: (L-R) Musician Travis Barker, recording artist Demi Lovato and actor Wilmer Valderrama pose backstage during the Vevo CERTIFIED SuperFanFest presented by Honda Stage at Barkar Hangar on October 8, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Vevo)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05: Actor Wilmer Valderrama (L) and singer Demi Lovato attend KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2014 powered by LINE at Staples Center on December 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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