Lisa Rinna was proud as her 17-year-old daughter, Amelia Gray Hamlin, bravely opened up about her struggle with anorexia on Tuesday night’s episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Amelia, whose father is Harry Hamlin (of L.A. Law and Mad Men fame) sat down with her mother, Lisa (ex-Billie, Days of Our Lives; ex-Taylor, Melrose Place) and explained her battle with the eating disorder.
Not only was she consumed with being skinny, but she was also obsessed with food. In fact, the model revealed it got so bad at one point that she could have died.
“No matter how many deaths anorexia causes, no matter how much blindness, no matter how much hair loss, all I cared about was the skinniness. It’s hard,” she told her mother.
Amelia also explained how people in the public eye are more consumed with being a certain weight.
“I hope people in the entertainment industry can stop putting up this facade of being perfect because we all have s—,” she shared.
“Probably we’re all way worse than everyone else. Literally, every single one of my friends, and I’m sure every single one of your friends, they think about how many calories they’re consuming in a day.”
She added, “When they sit down for a meal, they look at the bread basket and they think, ‘Holy s—.’”
The teenager first went public with her anorexia in an Instagram post she shared back in March 2018.
Though it was one of the worst times of her life, Amelia is hopeful she can help other men and women struggling with the same disease.
“I don’t want what happened to me to happen to other people,” she shared.
“There’s so much that I need to say about anorexia because I get so many girls commenting like, ‘Help me, I can’t believe you got out of it. How did you do this?’ But I’m not out of it. I’m never going to be out of it.”
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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.