Riverdale’s Camila Mendes Reveals How She Copes With Her Eating Disorder

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Could the stars of Riverdale be any more relatable? When they’re not being setting the record straight about female sexuality or helping to erase the stigma around mental illness, they’re also being open about something that affects a lot of young women (and men!) today — eating disorders.

The actress who plays Veronica Lodge, Camila Mendes, knows how incredibly hard it is to overcome an eating disorder, which is why the actress revealed how she copes with her own in an effort to help others who may be similarly struggling. In a heartfelt Instagram post, Camila opened up about recovering from an eating disorder, as well as her process when her mind gets contaminated with “negative voices” and “endless images of perfection.” It turns out, the woman behind the ever-so-confident Ronnie knows a thing or two about struggling with body image.

The 23-year-old shared an inspirational quote about loving your body from Marya Hornbacher, author of Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia. In the caption, she opened up about her own personal journey with her body and how positive thinking and a strong support system are two of the most important things when recovering from an eating disorder.

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“Our minds can get so contaminated with endless images of perfection, and even if you don’t suffer from an eating disorder, it can’t hurt to incorporate a little body positivity into your routine,” Camila wrote in the caption of her post.

She also discusses her friendship with Christina Grasso and how they bonded over their experiences being in the fashion/entertainment industry while recovering from an eating disorder.

“Even though I’ve been crazy busy and on the other side of the continent, and even though I’m quite possibly the worst texter I know, Christina frequently checks in to see how I’ve been doing, and through that alone I’ve learned to appreciate the value of peer support when recovering from an eating disorder,” Camila wrote, before revealing that she’s been following The Chain – a nonprofit organization that helps women in fashion and entertainment who struggle with eating disorders.

“Having that constant reminder to love my body (especially on Instagram where my feed is full of perfect pictures and “perfect bodies,” and especially being in front of a camera every day playing Veronica, who adores her tight mini skirts) is just enough to clear my head of all the negative voices that creep in every once in a while,” Camila continued.

“Take care of yourself in every way that you can,” she added to end her post.

We checked out the @thechainnyc‘s Instagram account and it’s the perfect place to go to when you’re feeling a little down about your body. It provides a feed of inspiring quotes, reminding their followers to love themselves and their bodies.

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In an age where all we see on Instagram are perfect bodies and “skinny” women, it mustn’t be easy to overcome an eating disorder all alone. That’s why it’s important to have role models like Camila. We applaud her for being so real and so candid about her struggles.