Comedian Dawn French has told Woman’s Weekly magazine that she has “body blindness” which she reckons stops her losing weight.
At just 5ft tall, 51 year old Dawn is a size 20 – she was a size 16 when she was just 13 years old – and despite having been told by doctors that she’s risking life threatening illnesses, she says she finds it impossible to diet. And she claims she’s not worried about what her weight may be doing to her health.
“I can honestly say that it doesn’t bother me, though I do worry that I’ll get so comfortably fat that I won’t be able to walk any more.
“Sometimes I’ll get out of bed and think, ‘Oooh, I need to do some exercise’ – but that’s probably about once a year, if that.
“I think the medical term for my condition is called ‘body blindness’. I may ultimately regret not looking after myself more, and plenty of people would line up to tell me that, but it doesn’t concern me.”
Dawn also told the magazine that when she married Lenny Henry, she panicked so much about not fitting into her size 12 dress, she had a “cocktail” of weight loss pills and injections which caused her to drop by four dress sizes in a matter of weeks.
She said, “When we got married I lost a lot of weight in a very short time, all because I panicked that I shouldn’t be a fat bride.
“But Len took me to one side and said, ‘Who are you doing this for? I hope it’s not me because it’s not what I want.’
“Losing weight made me miserable and I was so cross with myself afterwards” she added.