Lili Reinhart opens up about wrestling with body image issues so fans with similar struggles feel less alone.
“I’ve been wrestling with obsessive thoughts about my body / weight for the last few months and it’s gotten pretty heavy last week,” the 25-year-old “Riverdale” star wrote on her Instagram stories. “That I want to take a moment to be vulnerable and share this in the hope that one of you who is also wrestling does not feel so alone.”
Reinhart spoke specifically about how being part of an industry “where you are ~ uncomfortable ~ if not a sample size” has damaged her self-esteem.
“I do not think being in this sector, which is so obsessed with women’s bodies and weights, could ever mess with my own acceptance and positivity of the body,” she wrote. “But it has.”
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 if it doesn’t look like it did when I was 20.”
Reinhart has previously spoken out about having depression and anxiety and has been an outspoken advocate for mental health throughout her 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’m dealing with it,” she said in 2017. “People were like, ‘You “have no reason to be overwhelmed. Your feelings are illogical.” “My message is that this is not true. You must have no reason. Your feelings are confirmed by the fact that you feel them.”
If you are struggling with a eating disorder, call the National Eating Disorder Association hotline at 1-800-931-2237.