'Joyous and free'

Lena Dunham says she’s happier and healthier after gaining weight

Lena Dunham. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

Lena Dunham took to Instagram this week to announce that she is happier being a few pounds heavier. In a post on Instagram, the creator of Girls and publisher of the Lenny newsletter posted two photos — one on the left that showed her weighing 138 pounds, and one to the right of it in which she said she weighs 162 pounds.

The 32-year-old writer and comedian said life 24 pounds heavier is noticeably different — and better for her physical and mental health. “On the left: 138 pounds, complimented all day and propositioned by men and on the cover of a tabloid about diets that work,” Dunham wrote. “Also, sick in the tissue and in the head and subsisting only on small amounts of sugar, tons of caffeine and a purse pharmacy. On the right: 162 pounds, happy joyous and free, complimented only by people that matter for reasons that matter, subsisting on a steady flow of fun/healthy snacks and apps and entrees, strong from lifting dogs and spirits.

She concluded the post by making a funny: “As I type I can feel my back fat rolling up under my shoulder blades. I lean in.”

On the left: 138 pounds, complimented all day and propositioned by men and on the cover of a tabloid about diets that work. Also, sick in the tissue and in the head and subsisting only on small amounts of sugar, tons of caffeine and a purse pharmacy. On the right: 162 pounds, happy joyous & free, complimented only by people that matter for reasons that matter, subsisting on a steady flow of fun/healthy snacks and apps and entrees, strong from lifting dogs and spirits. Even this OG body positivity warrior sometimes looks at the left picture longingly, until I remember the impossible pain that brought me there and onto my proverbial knees. As I type I can feel my back fat rolling up under my shoulder blades. I lean in.

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Dunham has been very candid in the past about her health issues. Earlier this year, she revealed she underwent a total hysterectomy to to alleviate her painful symptoms of endometriosis. Her social media followers lauded the candid revelation about her weight gain. “Words cannot express how much I love this 💕💕,” one commenter wrote. Another said, “This is inspiring for me because I recently lost 10lbs due to celiac. My dr is encouraging me to gain and I think no! But then I realize I need to for my health overall.”

And another commenter praised Dunham for being a celebrity and sharing her intimate feelings on an issue many struggle with. “To have someone (especially in the public eye) speak so freely and joyously of what they have accomplished and their journey boosts the moral of all of us who also struggle. Thank you.”

Read the full story at The Independent.

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