‘Riverdale’ Star Camila Mendes Declares She’s Done With Dieting

Riverdale star Camila Mendes is teaming up with the non-profit company, Project HEAL, an organization that offers support to those suffering from eating disorders, by sharing her story and promoting a new movement that encourages her followers to dump dieting and focus on more healthier eating habits.

Mendes who has been candid before about her own struggles with food and having a positive body image mentality shared with her fans back in October that she grew up watching her older sister struggle with an eating disorder and suffered from symptoms from one as well.

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In a lengthy Instagram post on Monday, the 23-year-old shared her story with her 6.3 million followers. She posted a photo of the campaign’s slogan,#DoneWithDieting along with a lengthy caption where she talks in detail about her obsession with dieting and having the ideal body image (thanks in part to the media) and how it completely consumed her life and stripped her from focusing on other hobbies and past-times she was once “obsessed with” and passionate about.

The Virginia native went on to share her moment of enlightenment when she went to visit a naturopath who posed a question to Mendes that struck a chord with her. The naturopath asked her what else could she have been doing or focusing on instead of dieting.

The visit with the naturopath wound up completely shifting Mendes mindset in regards to her anxiety about food and obsession with dieting.

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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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Mendes ended her caption by encouraging her fans and followers to share their stories about food, dieting, and unhealthy eating habits and to join her in the declaration of being #donewithdieting.

It’s great to see Mendes use her celebrity status and platform to promote a more positive body image mentality. With eating disorders affecting teens and young adults primarily, Mendes’ campaign will hopefully encourage those who suffer from eating disorders and unhealthy relationships with food to have a more positive outlook on body image.

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