On this week’s RHOBH episode fans saw Amelia, and her family, squabble during a family BBQ over the 17-year-old’s food struggles. Things got so tense that Amelia flipped her father Harry Hamlin the middle finger after he questioned why she wasn’t eating.
Following the episode, Amelia took to social media to share her story.
“Tonight on the housewives you will see how my eating disorder affected myself and my family. There is a scene where I am EXTREMELY rude to my dad and the food he wants me to eat,” Amelia said in a lengthy Instagram Story.
She continued: “During that time, one year ago — I was not in a good place at all. I may have looked like I was recovered, but I was most definitely not. Within the scene you will see me lashing out due to my fear of food. The person displayed in tonight’s episode is not the person I am. It was the person anorexia made me.”
Amelia then asked fans to be kind and understand why she was “rude” to her dad. However, that didn’t happen and many RHOBH fans bashed the teenage model and her actress mom.
“Sorry but I have the best mom in the whole entire world!!” Amelia told one critic. “Stop being so jealous! Hahaha!”
The criticism didn’t end there some pointed out that Amelia “doesn’t look anorexic.” Amelia then educated people about the disease.
“Sadly — I feel the need to remind people what anorexia looks like,” she wrote before sharing two photos of herself -in one photo she is uber thin and in another, she looks to be a more healthy weight. “And there is not just one type.”
“In both photos, I was struggling equally as much as the other. Please understand the illness before speaking on it,” Amelia added.
Amelia ended things by admitting being open about her struggles was “harder” then she thought it would be.
The 17-year-old model first opened up about her battle with anorexia in March 2018.
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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.
On Tuesday’s episode, Rinna confessed that she “can’t help” but blame herself for Amelia’s issues.
“You know, it’s, like, ‘What did we do to f–k her up?’ Maybe we did something,” Rinna said. “I don’t know. I just know that it’s really, really hard to watch Amelia be in pain.”
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