Riverdale star Lili Reinhart reveals she’s ‘struggling with obsessive thoughts about her weight’

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Riverdale star Lili Reinhart admitted on Instagram that she “struggles with obsessive thoughts” about her weight and finds it challenging to look at her body with “love instead of criticism.”

The 25-year-old actress shared a series of body image Instagram stories last night, admitting that working in Hollywood — which is “so obsessed with women’s bodies” — has had more of an impact on her than she predicted.

The star complained that she sometimes feels like her body has “betrayed” her by changing because it doesn’t look the same it did when she was 20.

“I know I’m not the only one with this toxic way of thinking about my body,” she said, adding that it was “heartbreaking” to know that so many people feel the way she does.

Riverdale star Lili Reinhart opened up on Instagram about struggling with body image issues

“I’ve struggled with obsessive thoughts about my body/weight for the past few months and it’s gotten pretty serious in the past week,” Lili wrote.

'I'm here with you.  It is a challenge to look at your body with love instead of criticism.  It's an exercise I'm still learning,

“I never thought that working in this industry, which is so obsessed with women's bodies and weights, could ever mess with my own body acceptance and positivity.  But it is true,' she admitted

“I never thought that working in this industry, which is so obsessed with women’s bodies and weights, could ever mess with my own body acceptance and positivity. But it is true,’ she admitted

“I’ve struggled with obsessive thoughts about my body/weight for the past few months and it’s gotten pretty serious in the past week,” Lili wrote.

“So I want to take a moment to be vulnerable and share this in hopes that one of you who is also going through a hard time doesn’t feel so alone.

‘I’m here with you. It is a challenge to look at your body with love instead of criticism. It’s an exercise I’m still learning,” she said.

“I never thought that working in this industry, which is so obsessed with women’s bodies and weights, could ever mess with my own body acceptance and positivity. But it has. I wish I hadn’t grown up in a time when the media only worshiped one size women.”

Lili acknowledged that the spiral of thinking she has entered is not healthy.

My body has carried me through 25 years of my life. All my scars, tears, trauma… I wish I could love it more, even if it doesn’t look like it did when I was 20,” she said.

Pictured in 2021

“My body has carried me through 25 years of my life,” she said. ‘I wish I could love it more, even if it doesn’t look like it did when I was 20’ (pictured left at age 20 in 2016, right in 2021)

'But I will try it.  I know my body deserves the same amount of love and admiration no matter its size,

‘But I will try it. I know my body deserves the same amount of love and admiration no matter its size,” she insisted

'Not feeling at home in my own skin is a devastating feeling.  As if my body has betrayed me by changing,' she said

“I looked in the mirror and pulled my skin tight to see what I *should* look like.  What I'm expected to look like... in an industry where you're a pain if you don't have a sample,

“I looked in the mirror and pulled my skin tight to see what I *should* look like. What I’m expected to look like… in an industry where you don’t feel comfortable not having a sample’

'Painful': She described society as a 'broken system'

‘Painful’: She described society as a ‘broken system’

‘But I will try it. I know my body deserves the same amount of love and admiration no matter its size,” she insisted.

‘Not feeling at home in my own skin is a devastating feeling. As if my body has betrayed me by changing.

“I looked in the mirror and pulled my skin tight to see what I *should* look like. What I’m expected to look like… in an industry where you’re a nuisance if you don’t have a sample,” she said.

But while Lili faces certain challenges because much of her career is based on her appearance, she noted that so many people face the same issues.

“It’s painful to think that hundreds of millions of us are so concerned about what our bodies look like. That is an incredibly broken system. Somewhere down the line, humanity has really screwed this one up,” she said.

“I know I’m not the only one with this toxic way of thinking about my body. And it is heartbreaking that this feeling is understood by so many of us.

She shared some images of art with women with rounder bodies

She shared some images of art with women with rounder bodies

She shared some images of art with women with rounder bodies

“I know I'm not the only one with this toxic way of thinking about my body.  And it's heartbreaking that this feeling is understood by so many of us,

“I know I’m not the only one with 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 talk more about it.  Normalize it.  Embrace with others.  Show compassion and kindness,

“Let’s talk more about it. Normalize it. Embrace with others. Show compassion and kindness,” she concluded

“Let’s talk more about it. Normalize it. Embrace with others. Show compassion and kindness,” she concluded.

Lili has talked about body image before. In 2018, when she and her co-star Camila Mendes noted that their waists appeared to have been edited to look smaller on the cover of Cosmopolitan Philippines, they spoke out.

Camila and I have worked incredibly hard to be confident in the bodies we have,” Lili wrote at the time. “Sometimes it’s a daily struggle. And to see how our bodies get so distorted in an editing process is a perfect example of the obstacles we have yet to overcome.’

When social media users started asking if she was pregnant later that year, she put them in their place.

‘New. Not pregnant,” she wrote. “This is just my body. And sometimes I’m bloated. Sometimes an unflattering photo is taken of me. Sometimes I go through periods where I gain weight.

“My body is something I will never apologize for,” she said. “My body will go through constant changes. And yours too. And that’s fine. So let’s not spend so much time and effort caring for a stranger’s figure.’

Not long after, however, she came under fire for making comments about Marilyn Monroe’s body, insisting the late actress was “curvy,” adding, “To me, that’s really inspiring and makes me feel that my body can be accepted.’

Lili has spoken about body image before and opened up about suffering from body dysmorphism

Lili has spoken about body image before and opened up about suffering from body dysmorphism

Critics claimed that Lili was quite slim, to which she was quick to respond.

“I feel really discouraged by the fact that so many people say ‘you’re skinny, so shut up’ [embracing] your body.” As if my body dysmorphism is irrelevant because of how I look to some people,” she said.

“I’m either not round enough or not skinny enough to feel insecure.”

In 2020, Lili spoke out again, telling Allure that she didn’t consider herself as slim as her castmates.

“This is still something I struggle with on a daily basis. And it doesn’t help if I’m compared to other women,” she said. ‘I have gained weight in the past two months due to depression and have felt very insecure about it.

“But I recently did a bra and underwear scene and felt it was my duty to be strong and show confidence in myself, the way I look.

“And I want other young women to see my body on TV and feel comfortable that I’m not a size 0. And I don’t have a perfect hourglass shape.’

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