Lili Reinhart opens up about battling body image issues to make fans struggling with similar struggles feel less alone.
“I’ve struggled with obsessive thoughts about my body/weight for the past few months and it got pretty bad last 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 hopes that those of you who are also struggling don’t feel so alone.”
Reinhart spoke specifically about how being part of an industry “where you’re ~awkward~ when not a sample size” has hurt his self-image.
“I never thought that being in this industry, which is so obsessed with women’s bodies and weights, could ever mess up my own body acceptance and positivity,” she wrote. “But it is.”
The actor called it a “devastating feeling” to “not feel at home in your skin”.
“My body has carried me through 25 years of life,” she wrote. “All my scars, my tears, my trauma…I wish I could love him more, even if it doesn’t feel like I did when I was 20.”
Reinhart has previously discussed depression and anxiety and has been a strong advocate for mental health throughout her career. She has previously said that in high school, her feelings were rejected and she wanted to prevent others from having this experience.
“For teenagers, they feel pressure to sweep things under the rug because they feel like they’re not important enough to have problems. I took care of that,” she said in 2017. “People were like, ‘You have no reason to be upset. Your feelings are illogical. My message is that it is not true. You don’t need to have a reason. Your feelings are validated by the fact that you feel them.
If you are struggling with an eating disorder, call National Eating Disorders Association Helpline at 1-800-931-2237.