Camila Mendes Speaks Openly About Her Struggle With Eating Disorders
"Thirty minutes in, I was crying…"
CONTENT WARNING: This story discusses eating disorders and mental health issues.
Riverdale star Camila Mendes has opened up about her struggle with eating disorders with model Candice Huffine at Popsugar Playground in New York over the weekend.
Who Magazine reports she says it comes after being "in denial" about her mental health issues.
Camila spoke candidly explaining that she realised she was struggling during her fittings for the Netflix show. She found trying on clothes for her character Veronica Lodge "overwhelming" because the clothing was so out of her usual style - like tight dresses and short skirts.
"It was like, so the opposite of what I like to wear and it was really uncomfortable.
"It made me really insecure, so it got to a point where I couldn’t get through a fitting. Thirty minutes in, I was crying… I was like, ‘Why don’t things fit me a certain way?'"
It was then when she made the decision to seek help and encourages fans to do the same:
"I started to see a therapist and started getting serious about recovery when I couldn’t get through a fitting.
"I highly recommend it."
Camila also shared with the audience that her sister was diagnosed with bulimia. It caused Camila to compare her own eating habits:
"I don’t even think I knew I had an eating disorder until I was in the industry.
"I had this mentality… (my sister’s) situation was a lot more serious than mine so I’d always find comparisons like, ‘Oh, I’m not like that so I must not have an eating disorder like I just purge every once in a while, it’s not a big deal, right?'"
This isn’t the first time the actress has spoken about her struggles with body image. She raised money for the mental health organisation Project HEAL for her birthday:
“As someone who has struggled with body image and watched my older sister battle an eating disorder, the work that Project HEAL does is so important to me because they help those who are struggling to get the help they deserve.”