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‘Riverdale’ Star Camila Mendes Opens Up About Her Eating Disorder And Swears She's Done Dieting

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Feb. 20 2018, Updated 4:45 p.m. ET

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Riverdale star Camila Mendes has played the sexy and cunning Veronica Lodge on the hit CW show since 2016, but Monday on her Instagram the actress revealed a longtime struggle with her image and weight and decided to make an inspiring life change that has her millions of followers cheering. Click through to read more!

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The 23-year-old began by asking her fans, “When did being thin become more important than being healthy?”

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Then she wrote about coming to terms with her struggles with weight and overdieting. “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.”

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The naturopath asked her, “What other things could you be thinking about if you didn't spend all your time thinking about your diet?”

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The question really hit home for Camila, because she immediately began thinking about her past behavior: “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.”

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She continued, “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.”

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Then she announced a bold decision: “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….I’m #donewithdieting.”

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In sharing her story, she encouraged her followers to also open up about the harmful ways dieting has affected their mental and emotional health.

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What do you think of Camila’s decision to stop dieting? Sound off in the comment section! 

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