‘Riverdale’ star opens up about body image, eating disorder 


In a heartfelt Instagram post, “Riverdale” star Camila Mendes shared an inspirational quote and her personal struggles to overcome an eating disorder and body image issues Tuesday.

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She said positive thinking and support is important when recovering from an eating disorder. 

“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,” Mendes said in the post. “Take care of yourself in every way that you can.”

I met @thepouf at a gala for Project Heal, where we bonded over our 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. Christina recently co-founded The Chain, a nonprofit organization that offers peer support for women in fashion & entertainment who struggle with eating disorders. I’ve been following @thechainnyc - and 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. 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. Take care of yourself in every way that you can🧚🏽‍♀️

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