Remember back people first started talking about how Anne Hathaway lost 25 pounds in, like, 5 minutes to play a prostitute dying of tuberculosis in Les Miserables? And Hathaway's rep made a big deal about denying all those X-treme crash dieting rumors (less than 500 calories a day!)?
Well, as you might have suspected, the rep was totally LYING. In the current issue of The Hollywood Reporter, Hathaway finally 'fessed up:
"I just had to stop eating, all for a total of 13 days' shooting."
Yeah, that's kinda what we figured, Anne. And honestly, I don't have a problem with the whole method acting thing -- if Hathaway wants to suffer for her art, well, that's cool. BUT I do worry about non-celeb types following her lead, because while Hathaway was probably being monitored by doctors 24/7, the average gal could do some serious damage to her body by starving for 13 days.
Here are just a few examples of the problems crash diets can cause:
1. Heart damage. From arrhythmias to heart attacks, crash diets cause such drastic shortages of potassium, magnesium, and copper that the heart stops functioning properly.
2. Dehydration. Lots of people think that drinking plenty of water while dieting will keep them well-hydrated, but in fact, it's difficult for your body to retain water if you are not eating balanced meals.
3. Kidney failure. Just ask Margaret Cho, who ended up hospitalized when forced to drop a huge amount of weight for her tv series.
So, take-home message here, people: If you're not a famous method actor hoping to win an Oscar, the whole starving for 13 days thing is probably not worth the risk. (That said, check out the Les Mis clip below -- Hathaway's performance looks incredible.)
by A-WAHLDecember 8, 2012 at 2:13 PMSadly yes. I starved myself through my early 20's :-(
by MamaSwan001December 8, 2012 at 2:22 PM
Yes I did the eat less than 500 caliories diet I couldn't keep to it though
by gmadianeDecember 8, 2012 at 2:45 PM
my dd did she deceided to live on apples and yogurt, very unhealthy
by lga1965December 8, 2012 at 8:10 PM
I never had to diet until I was over age 50...and now its hard to lose the 20 pounds I have put on. Even after three kids I still weighed 120 and wore size 6 or 8. I wouldn't be able to do what she did though .I could never diet like that---I am sure I would faint. I have to eat or I get dizzy and weak.
That is sooooo unheathy. I hope nobody ever does that again for a movie role in the future. Crazy!
by alexsmomma06December 9, 2012 at 1:12 AM
Never dieted like that on purpose. With my first I had hyperemesis, lost 30lbs in 4wks. I honest to God, did not eat for those 4wks either. If I ate or drank, I vomitted within 10 minutes. If I didn't eat or drink, I would vomit only every 30minutes. And that is no exaggeration. I was to the point that I was beginning to vomit my stomach and esophagus lining. I was admitted for severe dehydration and low potassium- it was so low, they were afraid I would go into cardiac arrest before they could restore it. We still don't know if there was any long term damage, but it is very possible. I don't know why anyone would want to feel that way, regardless of art.