A ‘Riverdale’ Star’s Post About Dieting Carries Weight And Challenges Ideas About Health

"When did being thin become more important than being healthy?"

Camila Mendes is done dieting and is going to let healthiness — not thinness — dictate her life going forward. The Riverdale star penned a powerful Instagram post expressing this newfound point of view with fans in the hopes of helping everyone learn to love and accept themselves.

"When did being thin become more important than being healthy?" Mendes began, explaining how she had gone to a naturopath for the first time. She opened up about her "anxiety around food" and her "obsession with dieting," with the naturopath asking her a "pivotal question" of what she would be thinking about if she didn't let this idea rule over her life.

It was then that the 23-year-old was flooded with memories of those pastimes that brought her joy — such as a passion for education, cinema, music, and the like — before the idea of dieting as a means of obtaining a slimmer body dominated everything and made her "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," Mendes continued. "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."

By saying this, Mendes was hitting home with the main idea — that all of this boils down to being healthy no matter what size you are. Similar to Demi Lovato's 2018 New Year's resolution to learn to love her body, Mendes is going to prioritize healthiness — and, as a result, happiness — over obtaining what she notes society deems the desired beauty.

"I'm sick of the toxic narrative that the media consistently feeds us: that being thin is the ideal body type," Mendes concluded. "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!"

This isn't the first time Mendes has spoken out about these issues. Back in October 2017, Mendes announced that she would be teaming up with Project HEAL — a nonprofit that aims to prevent, finance treatment for, and help with recovery efforts for those suffering from eating disorders. And, just earlier this month, Mendes opened up about her experience with Project HEAL, suggesting that "it can't hurt to incorporate a little body positivity into your routine."

(H/T: E! Online)


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