Disney Responds To Eating Disorder Joke Accusation

29/12/2011 09:16 | Updated 22 May 2015

Disney has responded to a complaint from one of its former stars regarding jokes which appear to make light of eating disorders.

Disney responds to eating disorder joke accusationPhoto: Empics

Demi Lovato, who left the Disney sitcom Sonny with a Chance due to her own experiences with an eating disorder and self-harming, took to Twitter to call the corporation out over the line "I could just eat you up, well if I ate," from the channel's show Shake It Up.

Lovato tweeted the quote to her 5.3 million followers asking "What are we promoting here? #notfunnyATALL". The star then proceeded to reference her own struggles: " I find it really funny how a company can lose one of their actress' from the pressures of an EATING DISORDER and yet still make joke about.. ...that very disease..... #nice."

A fellow tweeter also highlighted a similar line from another Disney series, So Random.

The Disney Channel's PR account was swift to respond stating that both of the offending episodes had been pulled for re-evaluation and that "It's NEVER our intention to make light of eating disorders!"

You can see the full exchange below:


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