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Anne Hathaway Hopes Her ‘Les Mis’ Diet Won’t Promote Eating Disorders

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Already-thin Anne Hathaway lost a shocking 25 pounds for her role as Fantine in the upcoming film, “Les Misérables,” mostly thanks to an unhealthy crash diet. Her sudden weight drop has caused a stir in the tabloids, but the actress is sick of talking about it because she is afraid it’ll promote unhealthy dieting in her fans.

At 5-foot-8, Hathaway has always been slender. In order to play the role of the starved prostitute, Fantine, she lived off a diet of tiny squares of dried oatmeal for two weeks. While the diet worked for her role in the movie, she hopes to discourage her fans from doing something so drastic.

“There are so many people out there that will try something unhealthy to lose weight,” Hathaway told Access Hollywood. “I don’t want to contribute to that.”

Hathaway is primarily concerned that the excessive attention she has been getting for her drastic weight loss might encourage others to follow suit. Typically, Hathaway follows a very healthy vegan diet and maintains a normal weight for her height.

Losing so much weight took a toll on the actress

When recalling her experience of losing weight for the role in ‘Les Mis,’ Hathaway admits to being quite obsessive about it. “The idea was to look near death,” she told Vogue. “Looking back on the whole experience, it was definitely a little nuts. It was definitely a break from reality, but I think that’s who Fantine is anyway.”

The crash diet left Hathaway physically and emotionally strained.

“I was in such a state of deprivation, physical and emotional... It took me weeks until I felt like myself again.”

It seems that Hollywood actresses have to take a heap of criticism about their weight, whether too thin or too heavy. Hathaway admits that she got far too thin for her role, and encourages fans to not follow in her footsteps. She is currently back on her healthy vegan diet and returning to a healthy weight.