In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, actress Lily Collins says that it was social media that inspired her to write her new book, Unfiltered: No Shame. No Regrets. Just Me.
DeGeneres notes that Collins' book includes discussion surrounding eating disorders, and Collins explains that when she first started her Instagram account, she didn't expect such a supportive female network to blossom around it.
Those in that network "started sharing their stories and insecurities and experiences with me, but always prefaced it by saying 'I'm sure you could never relate,'" due to her place in Hollywood, Collins says.
Eating disorders, specifically, actually affect 20 million American women and 10 million American men at some point over the course of their lives. Collins tells Vanity Fair that she's 10 years past her own eating disorder, and believes she can help start a conversation among young people.
"All I wanted to do was reach out and say ...'Little do you know I have these same experiences as you, and here's my story.' And I finally got to the point ... where I was at peace with a lot of things," Collins tells DeGeneres. "And I thought, I want to be held accountable for these things in order to move forward, and I have no shame about my experiences and neither should anybody else."
The conversation comes at the perfect time, considering Feb. 26 to March 4 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.