Alabama Barker, the daughter of Travis Barker, the drummer for Blink 182, and his former wife Shanna Moakler, faced criticism for her recent weight gain on social media in August 2023. She responded to these comments through a TikTok video in which she disclosed her diagnosis of both a thyroid problem and an autoimmune disease, both contributing to fluctuations in her weight.
While Alabama didn’t specify the exact condition she’s dealing with, thyroid disorders can lead to weight gain as the thyroid plays a crucial role in regulating metabolism. Patients with thyroid disorders often make dietary changes to alleviate their symptoms.
Autoimmune disorders occur when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells. There are various autoimmune disorders, each with its own set of symptoms. For example, joint pain and reduced activity due to autoimmune disorders can also contribute to weight gain.
Regardless of her diagnosis, Alabama asked her critics to refrain from making unsolicited comments, emphasizing that paparazzi sometimes capture unflattering moments for views. She stressed the importance of keeping opinions to oneself and focusing on personal growth.
Alabama explained that her doctors are working to balance her health, and once achieved, she anticipates shedding the few pounds she’s gained. Weight gain is common with an underactive thyroid, and patients with overactive thyroids may lose weight initially but often regain it once their hormones stabilize.
Alabama acknowledged gaining around five to ten pounds, considering it a normal fluctuation for someone her age.
Her TikTok post received an outpouring of support from individuals who could relate to her experiences, particularly those with thyroid disorders. Alabama, with over four million TikTok followers, is known for sharing beauty routines but has also used her platform to address negative comments.
In one TikTok post, she expressed her displeasure with baseless criticism, using the song “Throw Away” by Future to emphasize the question, “Do you feel better about yourself?” aimed at those who engage in unwarranted negativity.