Sarah Hyland's Open Letter to Her Body Shamers Is Epic in the Best Way

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Body image and ideals of what makes for the "perfect" physique have plagued society so much, it's now second nature to openly criticize someone because of his or her weight -- which is downright shameful. Modern Family star Sarah Hyland is defending her weight and clapping back at claims that she's promoting anorexia amid ongoing health concerns. She proves you don't know the battles people are fighting behind closed doors and should think before you speak.


Sarah, who should be referred to as the patron saint of rising above BS, noticed negative comments -- like people telling her to "eat a burger" and that her head is bigger than her body -- on this Instagram photo, which prompted the 26-year-old actress to address her critics.

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... Because, enough is SERIOUSLY enough.

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"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," Hyland wrote in the first of two tweets. "That something is my weight."

"I write this because I've been accused of promoting anorexia in, ironically enough, an anti-bullying post," Hyland continued. "And I want young girls to know that's NOT my intention."

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Sarah, who battles kidney dysplasia that required a kidney transplant back in 2012, admits she hasn't "had the greatest year" and hopes to open up about her journey one day, but would like her privacy for now. A noted "activist for activity," the actress revealed in her tweets she's been unable to enjoy the fruits of physical activity because of her health issues.

"I've been on bed rest for the past few months, I've lost a lot of muscle mass," Hyland revealed on Twitter. "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."

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It's utterly absurd that Sarah has to defend her body from people who obviously have no regard for others with the hurtful comments they spew. Thankfully, nothing -- not health woes or Internet trolls -- will get Sarah down, as the star remains positive and continues to take the high road, proving you can't (and won't) stop her shine.

"While these comments don't affect me, they may affect others," Hyland wrote. 

Right on, Sarah.

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And, just in case anyone still thinks she's advocating for anorexia, Sarah has a message to her young fans who look at her photos and wonder whether or not they need to lose a few pounds.

"... I'm here to say that no one should aim to be the weight that I am right now," Hyland reiterated.

So, there you have it: Sarah is NOT anorexic, is NOT trying to promote an eating disorder, and has no problem setting people straight while taking the high road -- which speaks volumes about her character.

"You all will probably have something to say about that [my appearance] as well, but it doesn't affect me," Hyland wrote in her second tweet

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"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 .... My self-confidence is not rendered from your comments.

Because 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."

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Sarah's story is an important reminder to "love the you you set out to be" and to "be the best version of yourself" -- which is a message all of us need to hear in times of shaming, self-doubt, and unkind acts.

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