For years, Sasha Pieterse’ weight has been the subject of much commentary and speculation.
The Pretty Little Liars actress’s appearance changed throughout her seven years on the show playing Alison DiLaurentis, to the point that people were saying she looked “pregnant” and “fat”.
To top of the unnecessary and hurtful comments, the 21-year-old had no idea why she was putting on weight, until very recently.
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In footage ahead of her US Dancing With The Stars performance on which the actress is currently competing, Pieterse told her dance partner Gleb Savchenko that she'd gained almost 32 kilograms over two years.
It was only last year that a cause had finally been identified and it was all due to a undiagnosed medical condition.
"It was really, really hurtful the way people reacted. People were saying stuff like, ‘she’s pregnant, you’re fat.’ They were angry, they were mad that I look like this,” she said.
The Pretty Little Liars actress has Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS, a hormone imbalance disorder that affects 12 to 18 per cent of women of reproductive age. Symptoms can include excess hair, hair loss, acne, weight gain, difficulties with fertility and increased anxiety and depression.