Lena Dunham Slams Fat-Shaming Haters in Just the Right Way

‘Girls’ star Lena Dunham refuses to let cruel fat-shaming stop her from living her life. And you know what? That makes her one rad lady in our book.

March 13, 2014
Lena Dunham on the cover of Glamour

As if we couldn’t love Lena Dunham more, the Girls star who brought us a modern-day Sex and the City for struggling twenty-somethings is now shedding light on an issue that deserves some serious attention: Fat shaming.

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She’s been everywhere lately. The cover of Vogue, hosting Saturday Night Live, and of course on the hit show, spending more time naked in front of the camera than clothed. It’s not all that surprising that everyone seems to have an opinion about Dunham’s weight. What we love, though, is Dunham’s positive response to the growing critiques.

Lena commented on fat shaming in a recent Glamour interview. "I think I radicalized my relationship to my own body in order to accept it,” Dunham said. “To make my body a prop in my work gave it a value I didn't feel it had before. People called me fat and hideous, and I lived. And now I keep living." There’s no buts about it: That sort of positive outlook takes serious confidence. We can’t help but adore that Lena’s loving what she’s got!

Not so surprisingly, fat shaming does more harm than good -- as it actually leads to poorer food choices. According to Renee Englan, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer at Northwestern University and Psychologist and Body Image Researcher, “Many people—especially women—feel high levels of shame about their body, and there is no evidence that this effectively motivates healthy weight loss. Instead, negative emotions can trigger binge eating and other unhealthy habits.”

With the prevalence of fat shaming becoming increasingly common in the media, we’re hoping that Lena’s awesome attitude on the subject inspires others. The ideal? Women and men everywhere can embrace their bodies and filter out the negativity, silencing the fat shamers in Hollywood and in everyday life once and for all (hey, a girl can dream, right?).

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