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    • Talking on her podcast French and Saunders: T**ting About, The Vicar Of Dibley actress, 62, said she is ‘back to being an entire barrel’ but ‘doesn’t give a f**k’
    • Dawn insisted that she refuses to ‘dislike herself’ and she is happy as long as she can keep walking
    • The comedian dramatically starting losing weight in 2011 following her split from Lenny Henry 
    • In 2014 she revealed that it was so she could have keyhole surgery for a secret hysterectomy following a cancer scare 

    Dawn French has said that she has put weight on following her staggering seven and a half stone loss in 2014.

    Talking on her podcast French and Saunders: T**ting About, The Vicar Of Dibley actress, 62, said she is ‘back to being an entire barrel’ but ‘doesn’t give a f**k’.

    Dawn insisted that she refuses to ‘dislike herself’ and she is happy as long as she can keep walking. 

    Dawn French has said that she has put weight on following her staggering seven and a half stone loss in 2014 (pictured last month in London) 

    The comedian dramatically starting losing weight in 2011 following her split from Lenny Henry and in 2014 she revealed that it was so she could have keyhole surgery for a secret hysterectomy.

    Talking on the podcast alongside Jennifer Saunders, Dawn said: ‘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 f***, 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.

    ‘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.

    'I don't five a f**k!' Talking on her podcast French and Saunders: T**ting About, The Vicar Of Dibley actress, 62, said she is 'back to being an entire barrel' but 'doesn't give a f**k' (pictured after her weight loss in 2015)

    Way back when: Dawn pictured before in 2005

    ‘I don’t five a f**k!’ Talking on her podcast French and Saunders: T**ting About, The Vicar Of Dibley actress, 62, said she is ‘back to being an entire barrel’ but ‘doesn’t give a f**k’ (pictured after her weight loss in 2015, left, and before in 2005, right) 

    Confidence: Dawn insisted that she refuses to 'dislike herself' and she is happy as long as she can keep walking (pictured last month)

    Confidence: Dawn insisted that she refuses to ‘dislike herself’ and she is happy as long as she can keep walking (pictured last month)

    ‘But I didn’t want people to give me approval. It’s so patronising.’

    Yet despite talking about her weight gain, Dawn looked happy and healthy when she reprised her role of Geraldine Granger in The Vicar Of Dibley for BBC’s Big Night In earlier this year during the height of lockdown. 

    The star also looked slim when she stepped out in London last month for a two-minute Silent Stand to demand help for theatres amid the coronavirus crisis.   

    The comedian dramatically starting losing weight in 2011 amid speculation she’d had a gastric band fitted or was suffering from stress after her split from Lenny Henry.

    Yet in 2014, Dawn revealed the real reason behind her weight loss and said she needed to have a hysterectomy following a cancer scare.

    Before: The comedian dramatically starting losing weight in 2011 following her split from Lenny Henry and in 2014 she revealed that it was so she could have keyhole surgery for a secret hysterectomy (pictured in 2007)

    Before: The comedian dramatically starting losing weight in 2011 following her split from Lenny Henry and in 2014 she revealed that it was so she could have keyhole surgery for a secret hysterectomy (pictured in 2007)

    Candid: Talking on the podcast alongside Jennifer Saunders, Dawn said: '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 f***, I really don't, so long as I can walk.' (pictured in 2017)

    History: Dawn pictured in 2010

    Candid: Talking on the podcast alongside Jennifer Saunders, Dawn said: ‘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 f***, I really don’t, so long as I can walk.’ (pictured in 2017, left, and 2010, right) 

    She said at the time, her doctor was convinced she had uterine cancer and although the results of a first biopsy came back clear he ordered a second one which prompted her to make the decision to have surgery to remove her womb.

    Dawn was given the choice to have an invasive operation but opted for keyhole surgery instead and was told she would need to lose weight to help ensure it was a success. She eventually lost 7.5st in total from her 19st frame. 

    She told the audience at her 30 Million Minutes tour at the time: ‘When I was due to have my hysterectomy the doc 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.

    Happy and healthy: Yet despite talking about her weight gain, Dawn looked happy and healthy when she reprised her role of Geraldine Granger in The Vicar Of Dibley for BBC's Big Night In earlier this year during the height of lockdown

    Happy and healthy: Yet despite talking about her weight gain, Dawn looked happy and healthy when she reprised her role of Geraldine Granger in The Vicar Of Dibley for BBC’s Big Night In earlier this year during the height of lockdown  

    Slim: The star also looked slim when she stepped out in London last month for a two-minute Silent Stand to demand help for theatres amid the coronavirus crisis (pictured)

    Stylish: Dawn wore an all-black ensemble which she finished with a face mask amid the coronavirus crisis

    Slim: The star also looked slim when she stepped out in London last month for a two-minute Silent Stand to demand help for theatres amid the coronavirus crisis (pictured) 

    ‘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.’

    The weight loss came around 14 months after her split from Lenny Henry, 62. At the time there was speculation it had been caused by the stress of the divorce.

    Dawn, who has since got remarried to Mark Bignell, has previously spoke about her weight loss over the years.

    Split: The comedian dramatically starting losing weight in 2011 amid speculation she'd had a gastric band fitted or was suffering from stress after her split from Lenny Henry (pictured in 2009)

    Split: The comedian dramatically starting losing weight in 2011 amid speculation she’d had a gastric band fitted or was suffering from stress after her split from Lenny Henry (pictured in 2009) 

    In 2017, she told Loose Women: ‘I shed the weight a long time ago, I go up a bit, down a bit, feel no different, I’m still Dawn, I liked the old Dawn, I may go there again, depends how many doughnuts I decide to eat.’

    While she also told an Australian magazine: ‘My being fat kind of made it okay for others to be fat. But then what happened was that I slightly betrayed the fat club by losing a lot of weight. 

    ‘And then when I put 3st back on, it was as if I had swung back towards the fat club and everyone stopped freaking out.’ 

    Scary: Yet in 2014, Dawn revealed the real reason behind her weight loss and said she needed to have a hysterectomy following a cancer scare

    Scary: Yet in 2014, Dawn revealed the real reason behind her weight loss and said she needed to have a hysterectomy following a cancer scare 

    WHAT IS A HYSTERECTOMY? 

    A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a woman’s uterus.

    There are three kinds:

    • PARTIAL HYSTERECTOMY: Removes two-thirds of the uterus. 
    • TOTAL HYSTERECTOMY: Removes uterus and cervix.
    • RADICAL HYSTERECTOMY: Removes uterus, cervix and ovaries.

    The operation is most commonly performed on women between the ages of 40 and 49.

    More than 20 million American women have had a hysterectomy, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    As women approach menopause, the odds that they will develop one of several serious uterine health conditions increases. Doctors may recommend a hysterectomy as a treatment for:

    • fibroids 
    • endometriosis 
    • uterine (endometrial) cancer 
    • chronic uterine pain or bleeding 
    • collapsed uterus

    In some cases, doctors may suggest a hysterectomy as a preventative measure if a woman has significant warning or early signs of developing one or more of these conditions.

    When necessary, surgeons may also remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes, if these have also been damaged or are at serious risk of damage.

    The removal of reproductive organs sends a woman’s body into menopause, no matter how old she is.

    This comes with unpleasant side effects like hot flashes, and many women have to start hormone therapy, taking estrogen to balance out their own hormones.  

     

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