Body image can be a touchy subject for many people, if not most.
But “Girls” actress and creator Lena Dunham recently opened up about her issues with weight loss in her new book of personal essays, “Not That Kind of Girl.”
And the star did not shy away from her intimate details of her story in the book, which was reported on by PEOPLE , even discussing her childhood battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety.
“It’s like, ‘Oh, you again?’ ” Dunham explains.
“I really love my life, but I’ve kind of worn anxiety grooves into my brain.
It just doesn’t always sound good in there.” Regarding her weight loss struggles, the HBO actress once feared that her size would keep her from achieving her professional dreams.
“When I got out of college I thought, ‘What am I gonna do? No one’s gonna hire me, I’m a fat girl,’ ” she continued.
In the book, Dunham dives into the subject of restricting her eating, which she admits to doing when she was younger.
“My food intake was a hard thing to share publicly,” says Dunham.
“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.’ ” The actress’s extreme weight management techniques even landed her “in the hospital with 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,” she admits.
Dunham now attributes her healthy lifestyle and positive attitude to her “incredibly supportive boyfriend,” Fun.
lead guitarist Jack Antonoff.
“I really feel good with my size now,” Dunham says.
“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.” “Not That Kind of Girl” hits shelves on Sept.