Former Real Housewives of Orange County star Meghan King Edmonds is opening up about the reasons behind her recent weight loss.
After receiving backlash on social media for her “too thin” frame, the 35-year-old Bravo star revealed she has received comments from her more than 995,000 followers on Instagram telling her to “eat a burger” and asking if she was OK.
“You’re so thin and it’s not cute,” wrote one fan.
The mother-of-three addressed her critics in a candid new blog post titled “Eat a burger,” in which she cites major life stressors as the reason for her altered appearance.
“No! I am not OK,” Edmonds began. “Within the last five months I have found out my son has a lifelong brain injury, my husband had a sexting relationship with another woman, my husband also betrayed me with his inappropriate relationship with a nanny, my husband filed for divorce via the tabloids, the police questioned my fitness as a mother, I took a new job as a podcaster, and I moved into a new home in California so I can devote family time to all of my kids during Hart’s therapy. Let me reiterate: all of this happened within the last 150 days.”
Edmonds married former Major League Baseball outfielder Jim Edmonds in 2014. Together, the couple share three-year-old daughter Aspen and one-year-old twin boys Hayes and Hart.
In July of this year, Edmond’s son Hart was diagnosed with Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL), a brain injury to the white matter surrounding the brain.
PVL, which is often found in premature or low birth weight babies, increases the risk of cerebral palsy, developmental delays and learning disorders.
The most common symptoms of PVL include trouble with vision, tight muscles and decreased movement and developmental delays.
Edmonds explained to fans that although she has always been “naturally thin” and has a “healthy relationship with food,” the recent stress has caused her to drop weight.
“I am too skinny. I don’t like it. I won’t weigh myself because I’m scared to see what the scale says,” she continued.
“When my clothes don’t fit I pretend like they do anyway. But I’m not hungry. I know I should eat but I’m surviving on adrenaline but decaying on stress.”
The host of “Intimate Knowledge,” a new podcast with Brooke Burke, said that she eats breakfast everyday and “really goes for it” at lunch, but is rarely hungry after she puts her kids to bed.
By acknowledging her weight loss, Edmonds hopes to “take back control” although she admits she is “hurt” by the talk surrounding her body.
“I’m working on it,” Edmonds said. “Please, sit back and watch me thrive despite my setbacks.”
Words by Elizabeth Di Fillippo