Riverdale star opens up about strug­gle with bu­limia

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Ac­tress Camila Men­des’ past bu­limia bat­tle was so bad she’d starve her­self if any­thing sweet passed her lips.

The 24-year-old Riverdale star has opened up about her eat­ing dis­or­der bat­tles in the lat­est Shape mag­a­zine, re­veal­ing she had two sep­a­rate strug­gles — one in high school and the sec­ond in col­lege. “Then it came back when I started work­ing in this in­dus­try with fit­tings all the time and watch­ing my­self on cam­era ...” she ex­plains. “I had such an emo­tional re­la­tion­ship with food and anx­i­ety about ev­ery­thing I put into my body. I was so scared of carbs that I wouldn’t let my­self eat bread or rice — ever. I’d go a week with­out eat­ing them, then I would binge on them, and that would make me want to purge.

“If I ate a sweet, I would be like, ‘Oh my God, I’m not go­ing to eat for five hours now’. I was al­ways pun­ish­ing my­self. I was even anx­ious about healthy food — ‘Did I eat too much of the avo­cado? Did I have too many fats for one day?’ I was con­sumed with the de­tails of what I was eat­ing, and I al­ways felt as if I was do­ing some­thing wrong.” Camila even­tu­ally got to grips with her prob­lems af­ter seek­ing out a ther­a­pist last year.

“I got to a point when I re­al­ized I needed to see some­one, so I went to a ther­a­pist, and she rec­om­mended a nutri­tion­ist as well, and see­ing both of them changed my life,” the ac­tress adds. “So much of the anx­i­ety I had about food went away when I started learn­ing more about nu­tri­tion.”

And now when she feels bad about the way she looks in a mo­ment of weak­ness, she looks to­wards her role model Ri­hanna. “I’m see­ing all these peo­ple who I look up to, like Ri­hanna, open up about their weight fluc­tu­a­tions and lov­ing them­selves the way they are,” she smiles. “That makes me love my­self more too.”

Camila Men­des

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