Lena Dunham ‘Happy, Joyous, And Free’ After 24-Pound Weight Gain

Lena Dunham is happier bigger. The actress and writer share with social media fans that she's feeling better now that she's gained some weight back.

Feeling Happy, Joyous, And Free

The multi-hyphenate took to Instagram on Tuesday with a side by side comparison of her body then and now.

The old shot, on the left, showed her considerably skinnier in April 2017. The more recent one, taken by paparazzi on Monday, showed a 24-pound weight gain by Dunham's own admission.

"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," began the Girls creator's lengthy caption.

Dunham was suffering last year, following multiple surgeries to tackle her endometriosis and chronic pain. She also dropped a lot of weight.

"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," continued her no holds barred diatribe.

The writer, director, and actress admitted to fans that she sometimes looks at the right-hand photo with longing, but Dunham knows she's better off not being in incredible pain, and with a few extra rolls instead.

It's All About Being Healthy

The Girls star has opened up in the past about her ongoing battle with endometriosis and OCD. She got into a fitness groove via yoga and classes with celeb trainer Tracy Anderson, finding that working out helped her to manage her anxiety.

The focus for Dunham, however, has always been on feeling good rather than losing weight.

"I think for me the big thing was that Tracy just very clearly wasn't trying to change my body," she told PEOPLE of her choice of trainer.

Anderson confirmed that the body positive star was not looking for a quick fix to get skinny. Dunham wanted to feel better, stronger, and healthier, and to manage her ongoing mental and physical health issues.

The 32-year-old actress previously opened up to Ellen DeGeneres about body shaming in Hollywood, explaining that she felt like she couldn't win because for years she was too fat and now suddenly, as a result of being ill, she was too skinny.

However, she claimed not to care what anybody thinks or says about her body because Dunham, who was involved in several unflattering nude scenes by choice during the run of her hit show, isn't trying to impress anyone anyway.

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