When an actress posts before-and-after photos of herself, they're not usually of this variety—and for Lena Dunham, that's the point. In a gone-viral Instagram post, Dunham shares a photo of herself from about a year ago in which she weighs 138 pounds and a current one in which she weighs 162 pounds, reports Today. She prefers the latter, thank you very much. In her skinnier days, she was "complimented all day and propositioned by men and on the cover of a tabloid about diets that work," Dunham writes. But she was also "sick in the tissue and in the head and subsisting only on small amounts of sugar, tons of caffeine and a purse pharmacy."
By contrast, the 24-pound weight gain has left her "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." Dunham refers to herself as a "body positivity warrior" and says she occasionally looks back "longingly" at her sleeker frame—"until I remember the impossible pain that brought me there." A post at Cosmopolitan approves, declaring that Dunham "sounds more empowered than ever, trolls be damned." (Read more Lena Dunham stories.)