What Is Hashimoto’s Disease? The Truth About Why Gigi Hadid Got So Skinny

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How Serious Is Hashimoto's Disease? The Truth About Gigi Hadid's Diagnosis
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Gigi Hadid is known for her breathtaking looks seen on almost every magazine cover, on the runway, and of course, on Instagram. She is also known for being a member of Taylor Swift's exclusive girl squad, and her super sweet relationship with former One Direction member Zayn Malik.

What many don't know about, however, is her struggle with Hashimoto's Disease.

What is Hashimoto's Disease?

The 22-year old-first revealed her diagnosis back in 2016 and recently spoke about it again after people began body shaming her for her weight, particularly that she seemed a lot skinnier than she was at the beginning of her career.


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Hashimoto's Disease is a thyroid condition in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland that produces hormones that help control metabolism. Hashimoto's Disease affects over 14 million people in the US and unfortunately, there is no cure for it just yet. According to this Daily Mail, Hashimoto's disease is usually diagnosed with a blood test, and is the most common thyroid disorder in the US. While the cause of the disease is still unknown, experts believe people can develop it if they have family members with the disease or other autoimmune diseases.

Gigi is the only member of her family with Hashimoto's, but her siblings Bella and Anwar and her mother Yolanda suffer from another autoimmune disease known as Lyme Disease, which is a tick-borne illness. If untreated, this condition can lead to other health problems including heart disease.


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Gigi recently received backlash over her seemingly slimmer shape, so she took to Twitter to defend herself, and explain how her condition truly affects her and her body.

Gigi went on to explain how stress plays a big part in her weight loss.

"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," she wrote. "I may be “too skinny” for u, honestly this skinny isn't what I want to be, but I feel healthier internally and am still learning and growing with my body everyday, as everyone is."

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Gigi concluded by asking for people to not make assumptions, and never judge a book by it's cover.

"I will not further explain the way my body looks, just as anyone, with a body type that doesn't suit ur “beauty” expectation, should'nt have to. Not to judge others, but drugs are not my thing, stop putting me in that box just because you don't 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."

So if you suffer from Hashimoto's Disease, you are not alone. Gigi not only helped shine a light on this nasty condition but also inspired others to educate themselves.

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