AceShowbiz - Actress Lili Reinhart wondered if she was suffering from body dysphormia when she began obsessing over her weight.
The "Riverdale" star's weight has fluctuated over the past year and she reveals she began to feel insecure when people started criticising her for being so thin.
"For the past year... I've been quietly trying to navigate my fluctuating weight and I've faced criticism in the past for talking about my body image," she said at the Glamour Women of the Year Summit on Sunday, November 11. "People told me that I didn't have the right to talk about being self-conscious about my body because I was skinny. And I understand how it seems inappropriate for someone who is average size to talk about problems with weight gain. But, my point is, I didn't think anything was wrong with my body until I was in an industry that rewards and praises people for having a smaller waist than I will ever have."
Lili explains she began to obsess over her photos and worried if people noticed her changing body.
"So I found myself examining my body constantly in the mirror," she added. "Sometimes thinking..., 'OK, like, I was being too hard on myself. Everything's fine. I'm still the same size. Everything is fine...' only to go back to the mirror a few hours later... and notice that my stomach looked completely different."
"So I was thinking, was my reflection lying to me?," she continued. "How can my body look so different over the course of one day and why do I feel like I need to apologise to the world for my ever-changing self...?"
However, she has now learned to embrace her body and has started to ignore images that make her feel uncomfortable.
"I started to purge myself of content that made me feel less beautiful on a daily basis," she said. "I unfollowed the accounts on Instagram that made me question the shape and curves of my own body. I also started living a more active lifestyle because I wanted to feel healthy on the inside, which required some thoughtful effort on my part. But I wanted to know that I was healthy and strong without having identical measurements to those other women that I'm seeing."