“Riverdale” star Camila Mendes, who opened up about her eating disorder to fans long ago, is no more hesitant to accept that she still continues to remain in “that vulnerable state.” While speaking with a magazine recently, the 24-year-old actress confessed that she is still struggling with the symptoms of the mental problem and dealing with its side effects. “It’s not like, ‘Oh, I am so past that phase of my life. I’m so perfect and happy now.’ I’m still struggling and I’m still dealing with all of those things because I’m still in that vulnerable state too. I might always still struggle,” she said.
The star confessed to battling an eating disorder in October 2017. Since then, she has been vocal about cruel and body-shaming comments. In fact, the revelation has helped her speak candidly about mental disorders in public and debunk common myths associated with the mental health condition. “I only recently started dealing with my own eating disorder…as I was dealing with it, it felt like it was a good opportunity to talk about it,” she said.
Mendes developed the eating disorder during her teen years. She found herself uncomfortable in accepting the body changes that occurred during this phase. As a result, she grew obsessed with being thin and feared gaining weight. And because she was never skinny or bony, she failed to realize that an eating disorder was slowly enveloping her. However, she was fortunate that the disorder was recognized in time and treatment was sought to recover from the condition.
Knowing more about eating disorders
Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that can affect any person irrespective of age, gender, class or ethnicity. However, the onset of the symptoms usually takes place during pre-adolescence or adolescence. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), at least 30 million Americans suffer from eating disorders. And as eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder, every 62 minutes, a life is lost as a direct result of the condition. Although the condition is presumed to occur in women, it is equally common among men.
The types of eating disorders can be anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. While anorexia nervosa is about giving up meals and food completely for the fear of gaining weight, bulimia nervosa includes eating enormous amounts of food only to purge later to maintain the body weight. Other types of eating disorders include avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, other specified feeding or eating disorder, unspecified feeding or eating disorder, pica and rumination disorder.
It is difficult to recognize an underlying eating disorder as such, as these are either ignored or encouraged by peers owing to norms related to a requisite body type, etc. Also, since people suffering from the condition are not necessarily skinny or lean it gets easier for the disorder to stay hidden.
Eating disorders can have serious repercussions. For instance, intake of high-fat foods can trigger anxiety, while skipping meals can deprive the brain of the required energy, damaging the normal functioning of body mechanisms.
Recovery from eating disorder is possible
Seeking treatment for eating disorders from a certified rehab center can help in achieving complete recovery from the mental health condition. The presence of the disorder can be identified from symptoms like eating in secret, continuous preoccupation with food, obsessive fear of becoming fat, binge eating or avoiding food completely.
If you or a loved one is suffering from an eating disorder, get in touch with Sovereign Health. Our trained specialists and qualified trainers offer evidence-based treatments at our world-class facilities to ensure complete recovery. Call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with our admission counselors for more information about our eating disorder treatment centers in California.