Riverdale’s Camila Mendes has been outspoken about her experiences with and recovery from an eating disorder.In the October 2019 issue of Women‘s Health, she says she found professionals to help her understand the science and emotions behind her behavior.
Now, Camila focuses on eating well and having a balanced diet, which includes eating carbs and ice cream when she craves it.
While her Riverdale character may not be super-relatable all the time, Camila Mendes certainly is IRL.
“They feel like watching somebody else who has gone through it gives them hope that they can recover on their own and come to terms with their own problems,” Camila told Women‘s Health in her cover story for the October 2019 issue.
“I’ve only recently kind of gotten better,” she says. “It’s something that’s still a curse to me.
It’s not like that ever goes away.” For Camila, getting better means fighting against food anxiety and the pressure to look a certain way.
That mentality is what takes me out of the insecure, anxious thoughts.”
Camila says she realized that she can’t control what she looks like, but she can make choices that are good for her, body, soul, and mind.
She also enlisted pros, including a nutritionist, to help.
“I couldn’t have done that alone. I needed professionals who I trusted to tell me things that I didn’t know before,” she says.
In the process, Camila learned there are two sides to an eating disorder: the scientific and the emotional. “So both of those need to be cared for,” she explains, whether that involves identifying her disordered eating triggers, or understanding why certain nutrients are important to her health.
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Camila is happy to generously share everything that’s helped with her own recovery. “I’ll speak out on issues of like mental illness and an eating disorders because those are things I’ve experienced personally.
“What you can do is just take care of yourself. That is all you can do.
That has cured me,” she says.
Pick up an issue on newsstands September 17.