One of the most popular television series of today is Riverdale. It follows the characters from the Archie comics and one of its lead stars is Camila Mendes who plays the character of Veronica Lodge.
Riverdale is a huge hit especially with teenagers and young adults, which is why it is very important not just for the show but for the stars to become role models to their fans.
This is what the 23-year-old Mendes is trying to do when she revealed that just like most girls her age, she as well, has also been struggling with her body image, but it has got to stop so she is now using her voice to be able to influence people when it comes to body positivity, continue reading to find out more.
Camila Mendes plays Veronica Lodge in the Netflix series “Riverdale”
Mendes is ‘Done With Dieting’
On her recent Instagram post, the Riverdale star has had enough. Mendes wrote a pretty long caption on a post regarding the fact that she is simply done with dieting. She explained how in this society we are currently in, being thin may seem to be more important than being healthy. Mendes posted last Monday on her Instagram page how for the very first time, she actually went to have naturopathy.
Naturopathy is actually a form of alternative medicine wherein naturopaths actually believe that diseases could be prevented and healed naturally through healthy diet, exercise and other forms of healthy and natural lifestyle without the help of any drugs. Mendes admitted that she has been struggling with anxiety especially when it comes to food and her obsession with losing weight.
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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!
Her naturopath made her realize that she is actually spending way too much time thinking about dieting that is the reason why she is having anxiety about it. Mendes also said that she eventually realized how she is forgetting to do the things that she has always loved doing.
She admitted how she definitely became obsessed with losing weight and being thin that it definitely consumed her, which is why she is not trying her hardest to focus on doing all the things that make her happy.
The Riverdale actress talked about how her passions for music, film, and everything else somehow vanished when she became too focused on trying to be thin, which is why she is reclaiming everything.
One of the best possible ways that she believes she could do to become a better version of herself is to simply accept who she is and how she looks. She is done trying to become someone society wants her to be, instead, she will continue to stay healthy by eating right and doing regular exercise.
Mendes wants her six million followers on Instagram to realize that the ideal body type is not being thin because the ideal body type is the healthy body. She even used the hashtag #DoneWithDieting to encourage her followers to be inspired and share their journey just like what she did.
Her Past Eating Disorders
This is not the first time that Mendes actually voiced out her thoughts on body positivity. In fact, just last year she announced on social media that she has partnered up with the Project HEAL Foundation. Mendes said that she is indeed very proud to have become part of it since she has experienced going through serious mental illnesses that involve eating disorders.
She also mentioned how she had to witness her sister suffer from all the symptoms for so many years. She confirmed her involvement by attending the Project HEAL’s Gala that took place at the Levi Stadium in San Francisco. The Project HEAL Foundation is actually a non-profit organization that is helping people, especially children in Ethiopia by aiding them with education and giving proper nutrition to help end the poverty rate.
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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🧚🏽♀️
Mendes is not the only celebrity who is helping their fans who are struggling with body image. Celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Adele, and Demi Lovato, who even did an entire documentary film talking about her struggles so that she could inspire people, especially women, who believes that they don’t look good enough just because they are not thin.
Social media has become one of the biggest reasons why women tend to think that way, people body shaming others are simply not okay. However, this could all end with the help of celebrities like Mendes who are trying to be good examples by sharing their own journey to their fans.