Actress Renee Zellweger, 40, has recently agreed to play Bridget Jones for the third time. The first two films were adapted from Helen Fielding’s novels in 2001 and 2004, and starred Hugh Grant and Colin Firth as the Daniel Cleaver and Mark Darcy as the two men in Bridget’s life.
For the role, the naturally thin and slender Renee famously put on two stone in a short space of time and then lost the weight rapidly when filming wrapped through a strict diet and exercise regime. In 2007 the Daily Mail ran a story with the headline Renee Zellweger: ‘Putting on weight again for Bridget Jones 3 might kill me’ which revealed Renee’s concerns about the health implications of yo-yo dieting after specialists warned her of the risks involved. She explained that while the first two days of preparation for the role are “bliss”, indulging in rich and fatty foods, “after a week your glucose levels are going crazy…it doesn’t feel good”.
Renee’s sudden weight loss can also cause a type of hair loss called Telogen Effluvium. This occurs when sudden or severe stress causes a person to shed more hair; the hair follicles enter the resting (telogen) phase. These hairs stay in this resting phase for three months, after which time they shed. Often the person will have recovered from the event before the hair loss occurs.
There are several factors that can instigate this reaction in people: an accident, medications, severe emotional stress, childbirth and sudden weight loss. Renee has already put her body through yo-yo dieting for the first two Bridget Jones movies and looks set to do the same for the new film. While this type of hair loss is usually temporary, if Renee continues the crash-dieting, she does put herself at an increased risk of developing Telogen Effluvium.
While the hair may re-grow on its own once the underlying cause is resolved, hair loss treatments may help to kick-start a healthy growth cycle. When a nutrient deficiency is involved, which often the case with hair loss in women, then supplements such as Hair Vitalics may help improve the condition of the hair. These are not an individual hair loss treatment but they compliment proven products such as Minoxidil.
If you suffer from thinning hair or hair loss and would like to get an accurate diagnosis please call the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. We offer free consultations at the clinic or, if you complete the online diagnostic form, we can consult with you via the website.