Lena Dunham has been open and honest when it comes to her views on the recent election. And now the star is saying that the stress of President Donald Trump's "soul-crushing" victory caused her to lose a bunch of weight.
"Donald Trump became president and I stopped being able to eat food," she told Howard Stern after he complimented her slim figure on his SiriusXM radio show on Monday. "Everyone's been asking like, 'What have you been doing?' And I'm like, 'Try soul-crushing pain and devastation and hopelessness and you, too, will lose weight.'"
Stern followed up on Dunham's response by asking her if it was a mistake for someone like Trump to pay so much attention to celebrities.
"Here's the funny thing—of course, it's a mistake, but we're talking about him like he's a person who is operating in a sane way, we're talking about him like a person who doesn't have a personality disorder," she responded.
Dunham was one of the several celebrities who claimed they'd move to Canada if Trump ever won the election. In her talk with Stern, she clarified that at the time of her bold claim, a Trump win "seemed like an impossible joke."
"I was like, 'The most qualified candidate we've ever had is running against a steak salesman. We're going to be fine.'"
While it's often thought that stress and anxiety cause weight gain, they can also cause the opposite result as well. Every "body" reacts differently to unnerving emotions. While one person may stress eat, the other could find it difficult to stomach much at all. That said, not eating properly or enough can have an effect on your immune system, physical and emotional health, and cause increased fatigue and exhaustion. According to research from the Canadian Medical Association, if you lose more than five percent of your body weight over the course of a month, you should visit a doctor to make sure there aren't any other underlying causes leading to an abrupt change in weight.