Sarah Hyland’s Weight Loss Caused by Condition That Put Her on Bed Rest

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Sarah Hyland is naturally skinny, but fans have noticed that her frame has gotten even more tiny lately. The actress’ weight loss is often the cause of intense body-shaming that, let’s be honest, is never acceptable. While the Modern Family star usually just ignores the haters and continues living her life, the negative response to a recent picture got SO bad that she simply couldn’t bite her tongue.

The 26-year-old penned an emotional open letter to the people who accuse her of being “anorexic” and said that she was ready “to explain a few things and spread love.” Here’s what she tweeted:

“I haven’t had the greatest year. Maybe one day I’ll talk about it, but for now, I’d like my privacy. 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 may of you have told me that I am too much of. ‘Eat a burger.’ ‘Your head is bigger than your body and that’s disgusting.’ And you’re right! I should eat a burger, ’cause they’re f*cking delicious! But guess what? I do. And again, you’re right. 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.”

Sarah never fully went into detail about what exactly the condition is that caused her to be bedridden, but we do know that she is also on medicine that is “saving [her] life.”

“I know that my face is swollen from medication that is saving my life,” she continued. “For those on Prednisone, I know what you’re going through and I commend you sticking it out as I have.”

Dom Sherwood‘s girlfriend was diagnosed with kidney dysplasia when she was just 9 years old, and actually received a transplant from her dad back in 2012. Many assumed it was a problem related to this that caused her to skip the SAG Awards earlier this year, but she never confirmed or denied those rumors.

Whatever is happening this time, we wish Sarah a speedy recovery.

Many stars, including Sarah, were told they’re too skinny for fame: