The latest episode of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” showed how one teen’s battle with anorexia can affect a whole family.
Lisa Rinna and her husband, actor Harry Hamlin, are the parents of two girls, 20-year-old Delilah Hamlin and 17-year-old Amelia Hamlin. As Amelia revealed on her Instagram account in 2018, she has been battle anorexia for years.
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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.
Along with a before-and-after picture after seeing help for the eating disorder, Amelia wrote, in part:
…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.
And now that the show has started showing parts of Amelia’s journey to overcoming anorexia, the 17-year-old is opening up about her journey again.
During the show, fans saw how Amelia’s relationship with food was affecting her family as a whole. While making dinner for his family, Harry was upset when Amelia declined to eat any of the food he prepared.
“I’m not hungry,” she told her parents before both Lisa and Harry encouraged her to eat just a little bit of it. Her refusal created an argument between her parents.
Lisa admits during a confessional that she feels responsible for her daughter’s battle with an eating disorder, saying that “you can’t help but blame yourself. You know, it’s like, ‘What did we do to f**k her up?’ Maybe we did something. I don’t know. I just know that it’s really, really hard to watch Amelia be in pain.”
During the show, Amelia took Instagram to explain her behavior that day. She wrote:
PSA!!!! Lollll 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 the he wants me to eat. 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. I hope you guys can take this and relate to it. I’m sure I’m going to get thousands of horrible comments in regards to how rude I was to my father. I just wanted everyone to know why I acted out the way that I did. I was a vegetarian because I was AFRAID of eating meat. If you watch it you’ll understand. Please, just know that this is an opportunity to witness my anorexia in full force.
Amelia continued by reassuring fans that her relationship with food is getting better:
It’s so hard for me to relive one of the hardest times of my life. It’s so hard for me to witness the way I used to act. I was so blind to how trapped I was, and how different I acted. it’s not easy having to relive these moments but I’m just hoping this experience e will make me stronger and appreciate how amazing it truly feels to be 100% RECOVERED AND HAPPY!!!!! Also!!!! Hamburgers are a weekly occurrence in my diet now— Incase anyone was wondering lol
The teen went on to defend her mother from the hateful comments she predicted would come from the episode, calling Lisa the “best mom in the world.”
Amelia then shared two photos of herself, one at the height of her battle with anorexia and one during recovery.
She explained that anorexia doesn’t look like just one thing, “there’s not just one type.”
As the National Eating Disorder Foundation reports, disorders like anorexia are extremely common in all types of people and across all ages. The foundation also reiterated what Amelia said, “a person does not need to be emaciated or underweight to be struggling. Studies have found that larger-bodied individuals can also have anorexia, although they may be less likely to be diagnosed due to cultural prejudice against fat and obesity.”