20 slimdown diet tips! 1. anxiety disorder * 2. resultant constant nausea 3. an election that reveals the true depths of American misogyny 4. constant sweaty dreams of dystopian future 5. abdominal adhesions pinning ovary below uterus * 6. baseless but still harrowing threats to physical safety online and through smail mail 7. watching institutions you love from Planned Parenthood to PBS be threatened by cartoon mustache-twirling villains 8. finally realizing superheroes aren’t real (specifically the X-Factor, really thought they’d handle this) 9. marching your ass off 10. a quiet rage that replaces need for food with need for revenge 11. sleeping 19 hours a day 12. realizing that even the liberal media wants dem clicks no matter whut 13. worrying ceaselessly about the health and safety of women you know and women you don’t 14. realizing who ya real friends are 15. having to switch from Uber to Lyft (lots of calories burned trying to understand a new app, then even more trying to understand if the conflict was resolved) 16. bladder spasms, urinary frequency and urgency * 17. having your phone number leaked and violent images texted to your phone by randos under names like [email protected] 18. keeping your back arched against the wind 19. um, who the fuck cares? 20. I have no tips I give no tips I don’t want to be on this cover cuz it’s diametrically opposed to everything I’ve fought my whole career for and it’s not a compliment to me because it’s not an achievement thanx * Star indicates a pre-existing condition
Lena Dunham’s recent weight loss has garnered far too much media attention. To wit: the Girls (RIP) creator and actress features on the cover of the latest US Weekly. A paparazzi photo of Dunham appears alongside the callout “Lena: How She Gets Motivated” and a larger banner teasing “20 Slimdown [sic] Diet Tips Stars Are Using.”
Dunham, an outspoken feminist and proponent of body positivity, was not pleased to see her image used to promote society’s superficial emphasis on “slimming down” so as to better fit conventional beauty standards. The actress, writer and activist thus took to Instagram to offer 20 hard-hitting, real AF “diet tips” of her own.
The first? “Anxiety disorder,” writes Dunham, wryly. “Resultant constant nausea,” “an election that reveals the true depths of American misogyny” and “constant sweaty dreams of dystopian future” are also effective appetite deterrents, she adds. The Lenny Letter co-founder goes on to disclose several (pre-existing) health conditions that may have impacted her weight, along with depressive behavior (i.e. sleeping 19 hours a day) she attributes to the current state of American politics and her constant harassment by trolls, internet and otherwise. She also mentions substantive calorie-burning activities like “marching your ass off.” She concludes with the following: “I have no tips, I give no tips, I don’t want to be on this cover cuz [sic] it’s diametrically opposed to everything I’ve fought my whole career for and it’s not a compliment to me because it’s not an achievement. Thanx [sic].”
In the past, Dunham has made it very clear that she turned to celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson to better her quality of life and combat her endometriosis — which saw her rushed from the Met Gala to the emergency room — not to shed pounds.
“I think for me the big thing was that Tracy just very clearly wasn’t trying to change my body,” stated Dunham in a March interview with People. “I came to her and was like, ‘I have endometriosis, I have chronic physical pain…I just want to have a stronger core, I want to feel like I have more power throughout my day, how do I get there?’ I like that she was coming at it from that perspective rather than like, I’d like to shrink six inches.”
Dunham’s words serve as an important reminder that weight is not an indicator of health (physical or mental) and that, in these trying times, scrutinizing celebrities’ bodies and daily routines is just about the least productive use of our time.
[ via Vogue ]