Sunday 24 June 2018

Gigi Hadid reveals the health battle behind her weight fluctuation

Gigi Hadid attends the Maybelline New York x V Magazine Party at the Nomo Soho Hotel on February 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Maybelline New York)
Gigi Hadid attends the Maybelline New York x V Magazine Party at the Nomo Soho Hotel on February 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Maybelline New York)
Gigi Hadid attends the Maybelline New York x V Magazine Party at the Nomo Soho Hotel on February 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Maybelline New York)
Model Gigi Hadid walks the runway for Prabal Gurung during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 11, 2018 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Model Gigi Hadid walks the runway for Brandon Maxwell during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Appel Room on February 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images forNew York Fashion Week: The Shows)
Model Gigi Hadid walks the runway for Prabal Gurung during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 11, 2018 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Gigi Hadid walks the runway for Jeremy Scott during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid seen on January 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
Gigi Hadid and boyfriend Zayn Malik. Picture: Instagram
US model Gigi Hadid presents a creation during the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Grand Palais in Paris on November 30, 2016. / AFP / Martin BUREAU /
Gigi Hadid walks the runway for Jeremy Scott during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
Models Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid attend the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Gigi Hadid attends the Gigi Hadid X Maybelline party held at "Hotel Gigi" on November 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Model Gigi Hadid attends the TommyLand Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2017 Fashion Show on February 8, 2017 in Venice, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
Gigi Hadid visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" at Rockefeller Center on November 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Gigi Hadid has revealed that her weight fluctuations are caused by Hashimoto's disease.

The 22-year-old model has taken to her Twitter account to hit back at body shamers who have slammed her for being too skinny, explaining she has done nothing to lose weight other than get the condition - which sees antibodies directed against the thyroid gland to cause chronic inflammation - under control.

In a series of passionate tweets, Gigi explained: "For those of you so determined to come up w why my body has changed over the years, you may not know that when I started @ 17 I was not yet diagnosed w/Hashimoto's disease; those of u who called me "too big for the industry" were seeing inflammation & water retention due to that.

"Over the last few years I've been properly medicated to help symptoms including those, as well as extreme fatigue, metabolism issues, body's ability to retain heat, etc ... I was also part of a holistic medical trial that helped my thyroid levels balance out.

Model Gigi Hadid walks the runway for Prabal Gurung during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 11, 2018 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Model Gigi Hadid walks the runway for Prabal Gurung during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 11, 2018 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

"Although stress & excessive travel can also affect the body, I have always eaten the same, my body just handles it differently now that my health is better. I may be "too skinny" for u, honestly this skinny isn't what I want to be, but I feel healthier internally and (cont)

"(cont) am still learning and growing with my body everyday, as everyone is. (sic)"

The American model - who is dating Zayn Malik - insisted she will not make any further comment about her body, and has instead called on her social media follower to use the platform in a more positive, empathetic way.

Gigi also rubbished speculation that her slim figure is the result of drug use.

Model Gigi Hadid rehearses on the runway at Tommy Hilfiger Women's Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Pier 36 on September 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
Model Gigi Hadid rehearses on the runway at Tommy Hilfiger Women's Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Pier 36 on September 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)

She said: "I will not further explain the way my body looks, just as anyone, with a  body type that doesnt suit ur "beauty" expectation, shouldnt have to. Not to judge others, but drugs are not my thing, stop putting me in that box just because u dont understand the way my body has matured.

"Please, as social media users & human beings in general, learn to have more empathy for others and know that you never really know the whole story. Use your energy to lift those that you admire rather than be cruel to those u don't. (sic)"

Gigi Hadid attends the Gigi Hadid X Maybelline party held at
Gigi Hadid attends the Gigi Hadid X Maybelline party held at "Hotel Gigi" on November 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid seen on January 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid seen on January 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)

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