In an Instagram post on the 19th of February, Camila Mendes opened up about her struggle with dieting once again. The actress revealed she is done occupying herself with something which rarely contributes anything to her life.
The Riverdale star asked if being thin has anything to do with health and fitness? The actress revealed she had spoken with a naturopath for the first time and said she discussed anxiety related to dieting and nutrition.
The naturopath asked her if it was worth it to be thinking about dieting constantly or was it worth the effort to obsess over food every day?
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!
Mendes stated she refuses to allow dieting to control her life for any longer. Her anxiety surrounding food replaced all of her other passions including cinema, music, theater, and education. It becomes an all-encompassing and all-consuming way of life that was negative down to its core.
It became a burden, rather than a benefit. The actress encouraged her six million Instagram followers to join her on a diet-less lifestyle. She stated, “I’m sick of the toxic narrative” surrounding food and the size of women’s bodies.
As you may know, this isn’t the first time Camila has spoken about Hollywood and its capacity for glamorizing the thin-stereotype.
Back in 2017, October, Mendes revealed she became involved with Project HEAL, dedicated to ridding the world of eating disorders.
The Riverdale star stated watching her sister grow up with the illness inspired her to make the changes necessary for her to be happy today. In case you didn’t know, the organization provides financial and emotional support for those who suffer from eating disorders and campaigns on social media for women and girls to open up about their stories.