Lena Dunham was hospitalized due to diet

Lena Dunham Lena Dunham was hospitalized after embarking on an extreme diet. The Girls creator resorted to desperate measures to lose weight ahead of the first season of the show. She said: ”I forced myself to attempt to rejigger my body. I couldn’t even do it. I ended up hospitalized for drinking too much laxative tea and not taking care of myself. I had crazy stomach pains. It was basically revealed that I’d been just drinking laxative tea and coffee and smoking cigarettes and then eating weird foods at weird hours. I really messed myself up.” In her forthcoming new book, Not That Kind of Girl, Lena talked about the obsessive food journal she kept at the time and admits it was ”painful” to address her problem in public. She said: ”My food intake was a hard thing to share publicly. A lot of my life and work is sort of about not succumbing to [those pressures], so it’s a little painful to go, ‘Oh but look, there was a time where this dominated every moment of every day.’ ”

Lena, 28, insists she has changed her attitude to food, thanks in part to her ”incredibly supportive boyfriend,” fun.’s Jack Antonoff, and is now content with her shape. She told People magazine: ”I really feel good with my size now. I know when I say that people are like, ‘mm hmm’, but I just do! It used to be when I went into a room with all thin women I felt like, what’s wrong with me? Now I just feel special.”

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  1. Ryan • September 26, 2014 @ 11:41 AM

    She could try a diet that takes the weight off slowly. When you crash diet, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Eat a few less calories every day, do a little extra exercise and the weight will come off gradually. Aim for one pound per week – that’s only 3500 calories less over an entire week – if you eat one muffin or doughnut (or bag of chips/chocolate bar) less per day, that’ll do it. And don’t think of it as a temporary diet. Make it part of your lifestyle.

  2. Kris • September 26, 2014 @ 12:15 PM

    A little education is required it seems. Assistance from a nutritionist and discussions with respect to balanced diet and exercise would create a whole new Lena. She is lucky she didn’t really hurt herself.

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