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Talking with your kids about Demi Lovato

The entertainment world was rocked this morning with the report that 18-year-old Disney sensation Demi Lovato had left a Jonas Brothers tour to enter a treatment facility. Sources close to Lovato’s family say the young star has a history of battling emotional issues, including eating disorders and cutting. Meredith Vieira sat down with psychiatrist Gail Saltz this morning to discuss Lovato’s

The entertainment world was rocked this morning with the report that 18-year-old Disney sensation Demi Lovato had left a Jonas Brothers tour to enter a treatment facility. Sources close to Lovato’s family say the young star has a history of battling emotional issues, including eating disorders and cutting. Meredith Vieira sat down with psychiatrist Gail Saltz this morning to discuss Lovato’s symptoms and the treatment she is likely to receive.

While it’s a relief that Lovato has taken responsible steps to get the help that she needs, the episode poses a quandary for parents of Lovato’s young fans. How do you explain the intricacies of the star’s situation to your young children? Parents, have you had to sit down with your kids to discuss these issues? Is this the wrong opportunity to address these behaviors? Watch the video and share your thoughts in the comment section.