Lili Reinhart opens up to fight with body image issues so fans with similar fights feel less alone.
“I’ve been struggling with obsessions about my body / weight for the last few months, and it’s gotten pretty serious this past week,” the 25-year-old “Riverdale” star wrote on her Instagram stories. “So I want to take a moment to be vulnerable and share this in the hope that some of you who are also struggling do not feel so alone.”
Reinhart spoke specifically about how it has hurt her self-esteem to be part of an industry, “where you are ~ trouble ~ when it’s not a sample size”.
“I did not think that being in this industry, so obsessed with women’s body and weight, could ever mess with my own body acceptance and positivity,” she wrote. “But it has it.”
The actor called it a “devastating feeling” to “not feel at home in my own skin.”
“My body has carried me through 25 years of life,” she wrote. “All my scars, tears, trauma … I wish I could love it more, even when it doesn’t look like it did when I was 20.”
Reinhart has previously discussed having depression and anxiety and has been an outspoken advocate for mental health throughout his career. She has previously said that in high school, her feelings were rejected and she wants to prevent others from having that experience.
“For teenagers, they feel a pressure to sweep things under the rug because they feel they are not important enough to have problems. I managed that,” she said in 2017. “People said, ‘You have no reason to be sorry. Your feelings are illogical. ‘ “My message is that it is not true. You do not have to have a reason. Your feelings are confirmed by the fact that you feel them.”
If you are struggling with an eating disorder, call National Eating Disorder Association hotline at 1-800-931-2237.