Camila Mendes is talking about her eating disorder and how she is getting help for it.
The Riverdale star, who is 28, sat down with Eileen Kelly for her Dear Media podcast Going Mental. There, she talked about having trouble with her body image while filming the first season of her long-running CW show.
She said, “I would watch every episode and think, ‘Oh my God, that’s my stomach!’ “I was so insecure, and it made my eating disorder worse.” “At different times in my life, I had one.” a little bit in high school, near the end of senior year, and then a little bit in college. Then it came back in Season 1 of Riverdale.
She also said, “When you’re in your early 20s, your body goes through a lot of changes.” “My body hadn’t found itself yet.” I would look at myself and pick myself apart. I would fixate on my stomach, my arms, my chin, or anything else. It made it hard for me to act because, when I was acting on camera, “it really messes up your work.”
At this time in her life, the Do Revenge actress said she started seeing a therapist for the first time to “heal” her eating disorder. She also started seeing a nutritionist, who “helped me get over my fear of bread.”
Mendes said, “I was really afraid to eat carbs.” ” And what would happen is that I would avoid it for a long time, then I would binge and eat a lot, and then I would try to get rid of the food by vomiting. So it was this terrible cycle, and she helped me break it by putting bread back into my life to show me that it wasn’t going to kill me. Now, it’s something that rarely comes up in therapy.
Mendes also said that it was hard to get over her eating problems because people would tell her “you look so good” when she lost weight.
“When I don’t hear that, I think I look awful,” she said. “When nobody comments on how thin I look.”
Mendes has been open about his low self-esteem for a long time.
In 2017, she started working for Project Heal, a non-profit that raises money to help people with eating disorders get the care they need. At the time, she said on Instagram that her passion for the organisation came from seeing her older sister struggle with eating disorders and suffer from “symptoms” of disordered eating as well.
In an Instagram post from 2018, she said she was “done with dieting.”
She said at the time, “I’m done with the idea that there’s a thinner, happier version of me on the other side of all the hard work.” “Your body type is determined by your genes.” “Eating nutrient-dense foods and working out regularly will make you healthier, but it won’t necessarily make you thinner, and the current system doesn’t distinguish between the two.”
Later that year, she told Shape more about her own experiences with an eating disorder. She said that in high school and college, she “struggled with bulimia,” which she defined as “an emotional relationship with food and anxiety about everything I put into my body.”
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