Camila Mendes is Done With Dieting and Urging Fans to Find Beauty Within

Riverdale’s Camila Mendes is opening up about eating disorders and how the pressure to be thin has weighed on her throughout her life.

23-year-old Mendes took to Instagram on Friday to declare herself finished with dieting fads that she says have taken away from her overall happiness.

 

When did being thin become more important than being healthy? I recently went to a naturopath for the first time in my life. I told her about my anxiety around food and my obsession with dieting. She phrased a pivotal question in such a way that struck a chord with me: what other things could you be thinking about if you didn't spend all your time thinking about your diet? I suddenly remembered all the activities I love that used to occupy my time. At some point in my life, I allowed my obsession with being thin to consume me, and I refused to make room in my mind for any other concerns. Somehow I had stripped myself of all the pastimes that brought me joy, and all that was left of me was my anxiety around food. My passion for education, cinema, music, etc. — all the interests that used to occupy my mind — had been eaten away by my desire to be thin, and it made me miserable. I'm done believing in the idea that there's a thinner, happier version of me on the other side of all the tireless effort. Your body type is subject to genetics, and while eating nutrient-dense foods and exercising regularly will make you healthier, it will not necessarily make you thinner, and the current system fails to make that distinction. I’m sick of the toxic narrative that the media consistently feeds us: that being thin is the ideal body type. A healthy body is the ideal body type, and that will look different for every person. I’m #donewithdieting - join me in this movement and share your story!

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"I'm done believing in the idea that there's a thinner, happier version of me on the other side of all the tireless effort," she wrote in the post.

Mendes reveals that after speaking to a naturopath, a physician who specializes in natural, self-healing practices, about the anxiety and obsessiveness she feels surrounding food and dieting, she decided to take a hard look at the bigger issue.

"Somehow I had stripped myself of all the pastimes that brought me joy, and all that was left of me was my anxiety around food. My passion for education, cinema, music, etc.—all the interests that used to occupy my mind—had been eaten away by my desire to be thin, and it made me miserable," she continued.

This new outlook on health and nutrition comes after Mendes shared that she had joined Project HEAL in October, an organization that provides financial assistance to those seeking treatment for eating disorders. She shared that eating disorders aren’t a foreign concept to her.

"Growing up, I watched my big sister suffer from one for many years, and I've experienced periods of my life when I've suffered symptoms as well," she wrote.

Project HEAL was founded in 2008 by Liana Rosenman and Kristina Saffran, who met during treatment for their own anorexia. Understanding that not many insurance policies provide coverage for eating disorders, they founded a solution. Mendes is scheduled to attend the Project HEAL gala in San Francisco on Saturday, where she will auction a day on set on Riverdale to raise funds for the organization.

The hashtag #donewithdieting has been circulating social media, with fans thanking Mendes for the support to stay confident and determined in their own battles with eating disorders and nutrition.