Sarah Hyland has responded to comments that she is "promoting anorexia" with a sensitive and nuanced message to body shamers that explains how ongoing health problems are the cause of her weight loss.
26-year-old Hyland, who is best known for her role as boy-crazy Haley Dunphy in #ModernFamily, has been accused of promoting an unhealthy body image in teenage girls after posting snaps of herself looking seriously svelte on her Instagram account.
Although Hyland herself wasn't affected by the anorexia comments — which were ironically made on an "anti-bullying" post — she felt the need to speak out for the sake of her fans who might be struggling with body image issues.
Sarah explained that she was "not a fan of being skinny," but her appearance was due to circumstances beyond her control:
I will say that this year has brought a lot of changes and with that, physical changes. I have been told that I can’t work out, which, for me, is very upsetting. I am an activist for activity (and for eating junk food in bed, but it’s all about balance right?). I love to be outdoors. I love to be STRONG. (I’ll be using that word a lot) Strength is everything. Being strong has gotten me where I am. Both mentally and physically. I am not a fan of “being skinny.” Which many of you have told me that I am too much of
#SarahHyland also responded to cruel comments that her "head was bigger than her body" and explained that she was currently not in the best physical health and was suffering from diminished muscle mass by a spell of bed-rest:
No one’s head should be bigger than their body, but considering I’ve basically been on bed rest for the past few months, I’ve lost a lot of muscle mass. My circumstances have put me in a place where I’m not in control of what my body looks like. So I strive to be as healthy as possible, as everyone should.
The actor has fought a lifelong battle with kidney dysplasia and received a transplant back in 2012 when her own kidneys were no longer functioning efficiently enough. Although Hyland's poor health forced her to pull out of the SAG Awards back in January, she assured fans that they need not worry about her:
There's no need to worry! I've been down before and I'll probably be down again in my lifetime but I'm steadfast and solid and I will conquer my obstacles
Hyland ended her message by reminding her fans that self-esteem comes from the inside and that basing your personal worth on the comments of others is the path to misery:
My self confidence is not rendered from your comments. Because I will always be too fat. I will always be too skinny. I will never have enough curves to be called a woman. And I will always be a slut for wearing a push up bra. Love the you you set out to be. Be the best version of yourself. Be healthy.
Read Sarah Hyland's full statement in the Twitter posts from the Modern Family star below:
A huge round of applause for Hyland for reminding people to think twice before they lay into someone's appearance. Let's hope that the people who dragged Hyland for her 'anorexic' frame are having a moment of soul-searching about the comments they made.
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