Trigger warning: This article contains references to eating disorders.
Last year, the Riverdale star told Shape magazine that she dealt with an eating disorder in high school and college. As she began working in the entertainment industry, those struggles reemerged.
In a new interview with People, Mendes revealed that letting go of everything she had been taught about diet culture helped her create a positive sense of self-acceptance. And these days, she's using her platform to raise awareness and let others in similar situations know that they aren't alone.