Camila Mendes Opens Up About Past Struggle with Eating Disorder
Camila Mendes took to Instagram over the weekend to show her support for Project HEAL, a charity that was created to “to raise money for others suffering with eating disorders who want to recover but are unable to afford treatment,” because both she and her older sister battled eating disorders in the past.
“Could not be happier about my decision to get involved with Project HEAL,” she wrote. “I can say from experience that eating disorders are serious mental illnesses. Growing up, I watched my big sister suffer from one for many years, and I’ve experienced periods of my life when I’ve suffered symptoms as well.”
The 23-year-old explained that she decided to join Project HEAL “to help break the stigma associated with eating disorders.”
Camila attended the foundation’s charity event in San Francisco on Saturday and auctioned off a day on the Riverdale set in order to raise money for eating disorder research.
The news of Cami’s past eating disorder comes less than two weeks after Lili Reinhart revealed she was sexually harassed by a male co-star on a movie set when she was a teenager.
She explained on Tumblr, “He was incredibly charming and charismatic — we flirted for a while before we went on our first date. He was pretty significantly older than me, but I thought of myself as mature so it didn’t seem like a big deal. I’m not comfortable giving specific details about the situation because I don’t feel it’s necessary. All that matters is that he tried to force himself on me when we were on a date.”
CM & LR are both SO brave for sharing their stories.
Recovering from an eating disorder IS possible. These female stars battled and overcame EDs:
She admits in the February 2014 issue of Seventeen, "I started self-harming when I was a junior. I would withhold food or withhold going out with my friends, based on how well I did that day in school... I didn't know what was right and what was wrong, so I think I created this bizarre system of checks and balances to create order in my world. But it really backfired."