Health & Fitness

Lena Dunham reveals why she's not mad about her 10kg weight gain: 'I feel joyous and free'

The GIRLS creator has shared a side-by-side pic that is going viral for all the right reasons.

Like any other normal, human, woman, Lena Dunham's weight tends to fluctuate from time to time and a recent post from the GIRLS creator signals that putting on a few kilos has proved freeing for her.

The 32-year-old posted two side-by-side pics of herself to Instagram on Tuesday; one, a photo from April 2017 and the other, a photo from Monday. In the accompanying caption the Lenny Letter founder addressed her 10 kilo weight gain over the past 12 months, labelling the change in her figure "joyous".

"On the left: 138 pounds, complimented all day and propositioned by men and on the cover of a tabloid about diets that work," Lena 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."

During the time between the two photos, the writer has undergone surgeries to deal with her debilitating endometriosis condition.

On her post she continues: "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."

Earlier this year Lena revealed she underwent a hysterectomy at the age of 31. In her first-person essay, featured in the March issue of Vogue, she documented the decision to have her uterus and cervix removed after a decade of grappling with chronic pain relating to her endometriosis.

The actress said she took the extreme measure after the pain had become "unbearable" and after trying "pelvic-floor therapy, massage therapy, pain therapy, color therapy, acupuncture, yoga," she checked herself into the hospital and announced, "I am not leaving until they stop this pain or take my uterus."

Lena's latest post has reminded fans that health is individual, and looks different on everyone—a message we can totally get behind.