On Wednesday afternoon, just ahead of the premiere of ABC’s Dirty Dancing, Sarah Hyland — who stars as Baby’s sister Lisa in the remake — was forced to take a stand against allegations that she’s suffering from anorexia. Ironically, the accusations came primarily from comments on the above Instagram post, in which the Modern Family actress was promoting her boyfriend Dom Sherwood’s clothing line — that has part of the proceeds going to the Anti-Bullying Alliance.
Hyland took to Twitter to fight back against the bullying in a lengthy two part note. In the first part of her note, she writes:
I’d like to address something that has not only been brought up on Twitter but has been heavily discussed by all of you in my Instagram comments. That something is my weight. I normally don’t comment on things like this because it draws attention to those trying to spread negativity but I’m here to explain a few things and spread love. Here goes…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 this year has brought a lot of changes and with that, physical changes.
I have been told 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. ‘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*king 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. Oh and no that’s not Photoshop. Those are my legs. Those are my arms. I write this because I’ve been accused of promoting anorexia in, ironically enough, an anti-bullying post. And I want young girls to know that’s not my intention. I posted a picture of my boyfriend’s apparel line, in which part of the proceeds go to the anti-bully alliance, and in return I am bullied. Which made me laugh but then it dawned on me that young girls are reading posts that are saying that I’m promoting anorexia due to my weight.
In the second part of her post, Hyland mentions the fact that she’s currently taking the anti-inflammatory drug Prednisone, writing “I don’t mind when you say that I look pregnant. Or fat. Because I know that my face is swollen from medication that is saving my life.” She does not, however, elaborate on her medical condition. Previously, Hyland revealed that she’s suffered from kidney dysplasia her entire life, and in 2012 she underwent a kidney transplant from her father.