Dawn French has opened up about her weight gain in recent months. The Vicar of Dibley star, 62, had previously surprised fans with her major weight loss overhaul in 2014.
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Opening up about her experience in her new podcast French & Saunders: Titting About with her comedy partner Jennifer Saunders, the actress explained: "I've gone back to being an entire barrel but do you know what, I'm going to be 63 this year, I don't give a [explicit].
"I really don't, so long as I can walk. I'm not going to be stingy to myself anymore."
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"I never did dislike anything about my body, even when I was very, very fat. I refuse to be forced to dislike myself," she added.
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On the downside to her previous weight loss, Dawn confessed: "I used to get really angry when I did lose weight, people going, 'You look so well,' as if you looked awful before - rewarding you for managing it, which is not easy, I accept that. But I didn't want people to give me approval. It's so patronising."
Dawn pictured at the Glamour Women of The Year awards in 2017
The star lost more than seven-and-a-half stone as she prepared to have a hysterectomy back in 2014. At the time, Dawn opened up about her weight loss during her 30 Million Minutes tour, telling the audience: "When I was due to have my hysterectomy the doctor told me that if I could lose some weight before the op, they would be able to do it via keyhole, and I would recover in three weeks or so.
"Otherwise it would be big open surgery, and three months to recover. So, I set about dropping a few stone. No magic wand, just tiny, joyless low-cal eating and lots more walking for weeks and weeks. It was grim. I lost seven-and-a-half stone. I could have the keyhole surgery. Great. That’s all it was, practical."
French & Saunders: Titting About is out now
Meanwhile, Dawn and Jennifer's new podcast series will see the duo discuss six topics, from useful tips on airport shopping to naming their top-three vegetables. Dawn and Jennifer leave no stone unturned in their thorough quest to entertain, humour and enlighten.
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