Lili Reinhart is open about dealing with body image issues so that fans with similar struggles feel less alone.
“I’ve been struggling with obsessive thoughts about my body/weight for the past few months, and it really intensified 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 the hope that none of you who are also struggling feel lonely.”
Reinhart spoke specifically about how being part of an industry “where you’re uncomfortable when sample size isn’t” has hurt her self-image.
“I didn’t think being in this industry, so obsessed with women’s bodies and their weight, could mess with my body acceptance and positivity,” she wrote. “But she has.”
The actor described it as a “devastating feeling” to “not feel at home in my own skin.”
“My body has carried me through my 25 years of life,” she wrote. “All the scars, the tears, the trauma… I wish I could love him more, even when it doesn’t look like I was 20 years old.”
Reinhart has previously discussed her 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 ignored, and she wants to prevent others from experiencing this experience.
“For teenage kids, they feel pressure to hide things under the rug because they feel like they’re not important enough to face problems. I’ve dealt with that. Your feelings are irrational. My message is that it’s not true. You don’t have to have a reason,” she said in 2017. Your feelings are validated by the fact that you feel them.”
If you have an eating disorder, contact National Eating Disorders Association Hotline at 1-800-931-2237.