“It’s hard to look at your body with love instead of criticizing. It’s a practice I’m still learning.”
In the wake of her Riverdale fame, Lili Reinhart has become a fierce and often outspoken advocate for mental health, using platforms like Twitter and Instagram to raise awareness and encourage others to seek help by sharing her own experiences.
Lili, who has previously opened up about anxiety, depression, physical insecurities and how she deals with them, recently opened up about battling negative body image in a series of candid posts on her Instagram story.
“I have struggled with obsessive thoughts about my body/weight for the past few months and it got pretty bad last week,” she wrote in the first of several honest posts. “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.”
While acknowledging that toxic beauty standards – especially in Hollywood – are deeply ingrained and sometimes hard to ignore, Lili added: “It’s hard to look at your body with love rather than criticism. It’s a practice I’m still learning.”
“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 continued. “But it is. I wish I hadn’t grown up in a time when the media only revered one woman’s size.”
Lili’s social media posts included critically important elements of appreciating bodies and the many ways they support and protect us, while noting that this can be difficult to do when historically we have been learned to value size and appearance.
“I looked in the mirror and tightened my skin to see what I *should* look like,” Lili wrote, referring to the film and TV industry promoting a “beauty” paradigm that is wrong and so unhealthy.
“It’s painful to think that hundreds of millions of us are so preoccupied with how our bodies look. It’s an incredibly flawed system,” she added. “Somewhere along the line, humanity really screwed this one up.”
Lili ended her posts in solidarity with those experiencing similar challenges. “I know I’m not alone in this toxic way of thinking about my body. And it’s heartbreaking that this feeling is understood by so many of us,” she said. “Let’s keep talking about it. Let’s normalize it. Let’s empathize with others. Let’s show compassion and kindness.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder and needs someone to talk to at this time, call the NEDA hotline at (800) 931-2237 or text” NEDA” 741-741 to connect with a trained Crisis Text Line volunteer. You can visit the National Eating Disorders Association for more information on biased body image, eating disorders, and resources that can help.