‘Riverdale’ Star Camila Mendes Starts A Social Media Movement For Young People Who Are #DoneWithDieting

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Don’t expect Camila Mendes to participate in the latest diet fad. The Riverdale star is done restricting calories, and she’s calling on others to join her.

“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,” the Brazilian-American actress wrote in an Instagram post before introducing a new campaign to help end diet culture. “I’m #donewithdieting — join me in this movement and share your story!”

Many already have. Her post has inspired some fans to stop obsessing over food intake and “enjoy what I eat” and encouraged others to enjoy hobbies they’ve abandoned, like cooking.

Mendes knows what it’s like to give up fun and valuable activities in the hopes of maintaining a certain weight.

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!

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“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,” she said.

The 23-year-old’s #donewithdieting movement was sparked after a visit with a naturopath. Mendes, who first opened up about her struggles with an eating disorder last year, went to discuss her anxiety around food and obsession with dieting and left learning all the ways her fixation with being thin robbed her of joy.

“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,” she said.

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