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Lena Dunham Gets Real About the 'Sadness' That Fueled Her Weight Loss

In a candid new interview, Lena Dunham opened up about the intense toll her mental and physical health took on her body.

While speaking to Elle UK, Dunham — who's known for her body positive activism — talked about how she lost a large amount of weight last year after undergoing a hysterectomy and breaking up with her boyfriend of six years, Jack Antonoff.

"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," Dunham told the publication, before revealing that by the tail-end of her relationship with Antonoff, she had lost a worrying amount of weight "in double digits."

"Sadness is the only thing that's ever made me lose weight," she explained. "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."

Dunham has previously touched on the topic of her dramatic weight loss via a powerful side-by-side Instagram post that showed her at 138 pounds and 162 pounds.

While she wrote that she was "complimented all day and propositioned by men and on the cover of a tabloid about diets that work," she was also, "sick in the tissue and in the head and subsisting only on small amounts of sugar, tons of caffeine and a purse pharmacy."

"Even this OG body positivity warrior sometimes looks at the left picture longingly, until I remember the impossible pain that brought me there and onto my proverbial knees," she concluded. "As I type I can feel my back fat rolling up under my shoulder blades. I lean in."

Later in the interview, Dunham also revealed that her weight loss was partially driven by an addiction to prescription drugs — something she went to rehab for.

That said, she said that she's doing a lot better now and uses a food diary to maintain a healthy weight and hold herself accountable, as "accountable people don't gain thirty pounds in a single month."

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