Lena Dunham Rips Magazine For Promoting Her Weight Loss 'Diet Tips'

by Tina Kolokathis
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Lena Dunham wants you to know she is not here to teach you about weight loss or tell you what to do with your body.

The "Girls" creator and star posted a scathing Instagram post on Sunday night, which showed a magazine touting "20 slimdown diet tips stars are using" with her body on the cover. The caption says "Lena: How she gets motivated."


Lena posted a long list of her own 20 'diet tips' in the photo's caption. It reads,

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 VERYFATCHUCKYBOY@creepz.com 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

This isn't the first time Lena has fired back at the media for using her weight loss as a story headline. Back in March, she posted this Instagram after being celebrated for dropping pounds in before-and-after pictures.

Part of the caption reads,

My weight loss isn't a triumph and it also isn't some sign I've finally given in to the voices of trolls. I refuse to celebrate these bullshit before-and-after pictures. Don't we have infinitely more pressing news to attend to?

I'm with you, Lena. It's not the media's job to tell people to lose weight, HOW to lose weight, what celebrities are doing to get "toned" bodies, or anything of the sort. Your body is your body, and it's beautiful in every way.

Citations: Lena Dunham Does Not Want Anyone to Celebrate Her Weight Loss (Elle), Lena Dunham Refuses To Be Your Before-And-After Weight Loss Model (Huffington Post)