Dawn French Speaks Candidly About Her Weight Ups and Downs

In 2020, Dawn Frenched opened up about her weight ups and downs. The Vicar of Dibley Star, then age 62, previously surprised fans when she lost over seven stone in 2014.

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While talking about her experience in her new podcast with Jennifer Saunders called: “French & Saunders: T**tint About,” the comedian 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.”

“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 of her previous weight loss, Dawn admitted:

“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.”

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Dawn lost over seven and a half stone when she prepared for a hysterectomy in 2014. During that time, she talked about her weight loss during her 30 Million Minutes tour, telling her 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.

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“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.”

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