Modern Family‘s Sarah Hyland has long been accused of promoting an unhealthy lifestyle on her Instagram page, but has finally spoken out against her bullies.


Hyland, 26, appears very skinny in some of her photos, making some people accuse her of “promoting anorexia.” She took to Twitter to explain that her appearance is beyond her control and is due to ongoing health problems.

The actress is fighting a lifelong battle with kidney displasia, and even received a kidney transplant in 2012 when her own kidneys quit. She even had to pull out of the SAG Awards in January to take care of herself. “There’s no need to worry!” she told her fans at the time. “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.”

My Little Brother @thehotterhyland is a College Graduate! I’m so proud! #ChapmanU

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This time Hyland felt the need to speak against those on her Twitter and Instagram page that were putting her to shame for being underweight. She explained that she responded more on the behalf of her fans who might also be struggling with body image issues.

“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,” Hyland said in her post.

She also responded to comments that her head looked too big for her body, and said she has been suffering from diminished muscles mass due to spells of required 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,” she continued. “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.”

“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.”

See Hyland’s tweets and full message below.

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