This was not the first time Alyson spoke out about their experience as a child performer in Hollywood. In 2021 op-ed advocating for change in the entertainment industry, the Cheaper by the Dozen star detailed their “harrowing” acting career, recalling that their tween self would often “train for multiple hours, skip dinner, and meet for a late-night rehearsal.”
“My body is medically undernourished and chronically stressed, which later will evolve into severe eating disorders, adrenal fatigue and mandatory bedrest,” Alyson wrote in People. “The onset of puberty has turned my waist and bust into the main objects of attention and inspection. This will also categorize my career trajectory.”
Alyson said they voluntarily checked into rehab at age 17, after stress hit them “like a tsunami.”
“I believe everyone deserves to feel safe, comfortable and confident in their mind and body, especially youth who are vulnerable with fewer tools to navigate daily life,” Alyson added. “No matter what has happened to you, there is a way to reconnect with yourself and reclaim your story, your voice, and your authority as your own.”
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