Ariel Winter addressed weight loss and mental health after being attacked for her weight once again. The star is always open about her issues.
The Modern Family star answered some questions on Instagram, during which someone asked her, “Why so thin?” Winter is often asked about everything from her breast reduction to whether she has used plastic surgery or drugs to lose weight.
She answered, “For years I had been on anti-depressants that caused me to gain weight that I couldn’t lose no matter what I did. It was always frustrating for me because I wanted to get fit and feel like the work I was doing was paying off, but never felt that way. I had accepted it and moved on. I stayed on these medications for so long because the process is really long and difficult.”
She added, “The change in medication instantly made me drop all of the weight I couldn’t lose before just giving me back a metabolism. I feel better mentally with the change”. Adding that she finds it “nice to work out and have your body actually respond” unlike before. Winter admitted she wants “to gain a few pounds of muscle and get healthier”. She also said despite everything, she wants her “butt back.”
Addressing mental health in response to another question, she said, “Mental health is incredibly important to me. Same amount of importance as physical health. I’ve been in therapy every week for 6 years and I don’t know where I’d be without it. I’ve grown so much as a person and been able to learn how to deal with things from my past that affect my present,” she wrote. “It’s a journey so I’m not all the way there, but I’m doing pretty good.”
She concluded, “Like I said, it’s a journey and I’m lucky to have people and furbabies around me to show support. There’s nothing shameful about seeing a therapist or being on medication. I’m hoping the discussions will keep us progressing in the right direction with mental health checkups. We don’t need to hide our struggles even though I know how hard it is to share. We are doing something to better our own lives. Always take care of yourself and don’t listen to anyone telling you it doesn’t exist or it’s something to keep to yourself.”
Modern Family just wrapped up its tenth season.