Lena Dunham: ‘Sadness is the only thing that’s ever made me lose weight’
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Lena Dunham: ‘Sadness is the only thing that’s ever made me lose weight’

Lena Dunham has only ever lost weight when she’s been sad, with her greatest loss coming after her split from long-term boyfriend Jack Antonoff.

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The 33-year-old actress and singer/producer called time on their relationship in January 2018, after six years together. And while they’ve now both moved on, Lena reflected on how the break-up affected her physically in a heartfelt piece for Elle U.K.

“Sadness is the only thing that’s ever made me lose weight,” she told the magazine. “Two years ago, during the last gasps of my six-year relationship, I lost weight.

“Not a little weight. Not the kind of weight where your bras feel kind of generous and you marvel at your subtle but oh-wow-it’s-definitely-there-now clavicle. No, it was a lot of weight.”

Recalling that it happened “at first slowly and then all at once”, the Girls star explained that she first started shedding the pounds when she had a stomach infection, then during the 2016 election, when Donald Trump was elected U.S. President, and finally with her split from Jack.

“At the end of that relationship, the weight was falling off in double digits but, as I explained to my closest friends, I experienced none of the heady triumph of the women showing off their formerly-huge jeans in a full page ad for weight-loss pills,” she mused.

Lena’s relationship with food was further complicated when she entered rehab for trauma and prescription drug dependency, leading to her completing a food diary for Elle U.K., explaining: “If I write down what I eat, I’ll have to hold myself accountable and accountable people don’t gain thirty pounds in a single month.

“Yes, I am body positive but I am also a young single woman working in Hollywood and I can’t just pretend that weight is not a thing. It’s a thing.”

– Cover Media


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