Modern Family's Sarah Hyland explains weight loss after fan concerns

The US actress has opened up about her recent weight battle.

Modern Family star Sarah Hyland has spoken out about recent health issues which have caused her to lose weight.

The actress set the record straight after fans speculated about her appearance on a recent Instagram photo, with some suggesting she may have an eating disorder.

"I haven't had the greatest year," she wrote in a heartfelt Twitter post. "Maybe one day I'll talk about it but for now, I'd like my privacy.

"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 love to be strong. Being strong has gotten me where I am. I am not a fan of "being skinny", which many of you have told me that I am too much of."

Sarah revealed that people had directed comments towards her such as 'Eat a burger' and 'Your head is bigger than your body and that's disgusting'.

The comments came on an Instagram post in which she was raising awareness of boyfriend Dom Sherwood's anti-bullying campaign.

She went on: "I've basically been on bed rest for the past few months. I've lost a lot of muscle mass. My circumstances have put me in a place where I'm not in control of what my body looks like. 

Sarah with boyfriend Dom Sherwood

"I write this because I've been accused of promoting anorexia in, ironically enough, an anti-bullying post. 

"No one should aim to be the weight that I am at right now. I am working hard to maintain my weight by eating as much protein as possible and continue to be strong and healthy.

"It's never fun to look in the mirror and see your hard work at the gym fade away or have your legs be the size of one's arms."

The 26-year-old has previously spoken about her battle with kidney dysplasia, which required her to get a kidney transplant back in 2012.

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