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"Riverdale" Actress Camila Mendes Shares Why She's Done with Dieting

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Attempting to change your body to reach society's unattainable standard of beauty is exhausting. That's why Riverdale star Camila Mendes is done obsessing over thinness—instead focusing on the things she's really passionate about in life, she shared in an intimate new Instagram post. (Here's why Demi Lovato DGAF about gaining a few pounds after she stopped dieting.)

"When did being thin become more important than being healthy?" Mendes, who's been open about her struggle with eating disorders, wrote in her caption. "I recently went to a naturopath [a doctor of alternative medicine] 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?"

 

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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The question made Mendes recall all the activities she used to love and how they'd taken a backseat since she started stressing about food. "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," she wrote. "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." (P.S. The Anti-Diet Is the Healthier Diet You Could Ever Be On)

 

 

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Now, Mendes has stopped buying into the idea that there's a "thinner, happier version" of herself to be achieved "on the other side of all the tireless effort."

She goes on to explain that "while eating nutrient-dense foods and exercising regularly will make you healthier, it will not necessarily make you thinner"—and that shouldn't be the goal anyway. "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."

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