Amelia Gray Hamlin Reveals Her Battles With Anorexia and Hashimoto's Disease

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Amelia Gray Hamlin

Many of the 16-year-old model's 281,000 Instagram followers rushed to praise her bravery and honesty.

Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin’s 16-year-old daughter Amelia Gray Hamlin on Saturday revealed her longtime struggle with anorexia and a recent diagnosis of Hashimoto's disease. The 16-year-old model, who first stepped into the spotlight on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills when her mom Rinna was a castmember in 2014 and signed with IMG Models last April, posted two photos of herself in bikinis on Instagram, along with extended commentary about her battles with body issues and attacks on social media about her weight.

“I feel comfort with finally posting something that I wish I was confident enough to post long ago,” wrote Hamlin. “I’m getting many comments comparing my body today vs. my body last year. I think that the support from my followers has really pushed me into writing this. Anyways, last year at this time there was no doubt that I was no okay. Not only physically but also mentally. I feel like something people forget that just because your job involves being in front of the camera, doesn’t mean you can’t have bad days. We’re human. All of us. Instead of people ever commenting on my mental stability, people commented on my weight. Usually, when people are struggling with an eating disorder it stems from your mind, and your body is a reflection on it.”

 

I feel comfort with finally posting something that I wish I was confident enough to post long ago. I’m getting many comments comparing my body today vs. my body last year. I think that the support from my followers has really pushed me into writing this. Anyways, last year at this time there was no doubt that I was not okay. Not only physically but also mentally. I feel like sometimes people forget that just because your job involves being in front of the camera, doesn’t mean you can’t have bad days. We’re human. All of us. Instead of people ever commenting on my mental stability, people commented on my weight. Usually, when people are struggling with an eating disorder it stems from your mind, and your body is a reflection of it. I could go on and on about that time of my life, but the most important part about it was waking up one morning and deciding to stop sabotaging myself. My health, my physical health, my mental health and everything about myself. Once I got the help that I needed, shortly after the second photo was taken, I began to try to love myself for me. I am SO beyond humbled and grateful to have the platform that I do at such a young age, and to wake up every morning with a little girl reaching out to me and telling me I am her inspiration, really makes me feel like I have a purpose. I went through this journey not for attention, not for people to pitty me, but to help. I am on this earth to help people, and I know that. One in 200 women in the US suffer from anorexia. And I want to help. The first photo, taken today is not a photo of the perfect girl. That is a photo of me, trying to figure out my body, and owing my curves that I naturally have, and not forcing myself to starve them away. I have a lot of health complications after starving myself for so long so it’s going to be a journey that I go through for a large part of my life. I still have an extremely healthy life style and I workout so hard all week to maintain my Body. Not to say that recently being diagnosed with hashimotos has also been an extreme challenge for me to balance when still getting over this part of my life, but I am getting there. One day at a time. I want to help.

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Continued Hamlin: “I could go on and on about that time of my life, but the most important part about it was waking up one morning and deciding to stop sabotaging myself. My health, my physical health, my mental health and everything about myself. Once I got that help that I needed, shortly after the second photo was taken, I began to try to love myself for me.  I am so beyond humbled and grateful to have the platform that I do at such a young age, and to wake up every morning with a little girl reaching out to me and telling me I am her inspiration, really makes me feel like I have a purpose. I went through this journey not for attention, not for people to pity me, but to help. I am on this earth to help people and I know that one in 200 women in the U.S. suffer from anorexia.”

Hamlin admitted to “a lot of health complications after starving myself for so long,” as well as to a recent diagnosis with Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disorder in which the thyroid gland is attacked, which has "been an extreme challenge to balance." Gigi Hadid, Zoe Saldana, Gina Rodriguez and Victoria Justice have all also revealed their diagnoses with Hashimoto's disease.

Many of Hamlin's 281,000 Instagram followers rushed to praise her bravery in speaking out about her struggles.

Last summer, when asked about her health and fitness routine in an interview with W magazine, Hamlin hinted at the issue. "Actually a year ago I had a crazy epiphany about food," she said. "And I decided to rewire my brain into eating food like medicine. I'm a super clean and healthy eater, and I work out every day. But that's because I love it! I also love junk food and allow myself to cheat some of my favorite treats into my week. Sometimes maybe too many times! My goal is to feel good and be strong."