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Riverdale’s Camila Mendes is officially #donewithdieting. In an emotional Instagram post from earlier this week, the 23-year-old actress posed a simple question to her followers: “When did being thin become more important than being healthy?”

Mendes, who plays the former NYC socialite and Betty’s new bestie Veronica Lodge, opens up in the post about her struggles with dieting and accepting her body for what it looks like at its healthiest.

When did being thin become more important than being healthy? I recently went to a naturopath for the first time in my life. I told her about my anxiety around food and my obsession with dieting. She phrased a pivotal question in such a way that struck a chord with me: what other things could you be thinking about if you didn’t spend all your time thinking about your diet? I suddenly remembered all the activities I love that used to occupy my time. At some point in my life, I allowed my obsession with being thin to consume me, and I refused to make room in my mind for any other concerns. Somehow I had stripped myself of all the pastimes that brought me joy, and all that was left of me was my anxiety around food. My passion for education, cinema, music, etc. — all the interests that used to occupy my mind — had been eaten away by my desire to be thin, and it made me miserable. I’m done believing in the idea that there’s a thinner, happier version of me on the other side of all the tireless effort. Your body type is subject to genetics, and while eating nutrient-dense foods and exercising regularly will make you healthier, it will not necessarily make you thinner, and the current system fails to make that distinction. I’m sick of the toxic narrative that the media consistently feeds us: that being thin is the ideal body type. A healthy body is the ideal body type, and that will look different for every person. I’m #donewithdieting – join me in this movement and share your story!

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After visiting a naturopath for the first time, Mendes found herself facing a truth she hadn’t seen quite as clearly before.

“At some point in my life, I allowed my obsession with being thin to consume me, and I refused to make room in my mind for any other concerns,” she wrote. “Somehow I had stripped myself of all the pastimes that brought me joy, and all that was left of me was my anxiety around food. My passion for education, cinema, music, etc. — all the interests that used to occupy my mind — had been eaten away by my desire to be thin, and it made me miserable. I’m done believing in the idea that there’s a thinner, happier version of me on the other side of all the tireless effort.”

Wow. How old was this young lady again? These are wise words from anyone, let alone someone in their early twenties.

“Your body type is subject to genetics, and while eating nutrient-dense foods and exercising regularly will make you healthier, it will not necessarily make you thinner, and the current system fails to make that distinction,” she wrote. “I’m sick of the toxic narrative that the media consistently feeds us: that being thin is the ideal body type. A healthy body is the ideal body type, and that will look different for every person.”

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The star has spoken out about similar issues in the past, so dieting has been an ongoing struggle for her. Back in October of last year, Mendes posted a message explaining her involvement with Project Heal, naming her sister’s and even her own experiences with eating disorders as motivating factors.

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Mendes joins a growing list of celebs taking on the anti-diet diet to embrace what they were born with. Demi Lovato also recently announced she’d be ditching dieting to stop the food shaming she was putting on herself. Clearly, #donewithdieting is working for Lovato, too.

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This is all part of a much-needed movement towards a definition of beauty based on health and not on weight. Because the answer to Mendes’ question — When did being thin become more important than being healthy? — is that it hasn’t.