Unintended weight-loss or gain is hard enough for an Undercover Agent in private; however, when you are a celebrity the public attention can be simply demoralizing.  Leave it to writer/actress, Lena Dunham, to turn an embarrassing paparazzi shot from Monday (photo, right) into a lesson in body positivity for all of us on Tuesday (above), calling herself “happy joyous & free,” at 162 pounds.

While Dunham admits that she “sometimes looks at the left picture longingly,” she remembers her pain and unhappiness while at her lowest weight, in 2017.  “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.”  Now Dunham claims to subsist on a “steady flow of fun/healthy snacks and apps and entrees, strong from lifting dogs and spirits.”

The brilliant writer adds, “As I type I can feel my back fat rolling up under my shoulder blades. I lean in.”  Immediately celebrity fans and friends leaned in.  Katy Perry commented that Dunham’s words were, “powerful,” while Jennifer Garner praised, “I love everything about this and you.  X”

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  1. sosomoto says:

    I am disappointed but not surprised to see the right-side picture of Dunham referred to as ‘an embarrassing Paparazzi shot.’ I know it isn’t intentionally ‘pro-skinny’ but it feeds in to much of the good/bad body stuff this piece is meant to negate. I know that the message isn’t “Let’s give the fat girl a hand for not being embarrassed about it… even though I would be,” but I still got that impression. Like Dunham, I, too, long for the days when I had not an inch to pinch; heroin-chic. I know it’s neither healthy nor sustainable, but the temptation to worship the weight dies very slowly. My healthy-self far prefers the picture on the right: a lush & lively woman, her cute pooch like a furry clutch. What’s to be embarrassed about? Hopefully, one day, we can see a pic like Lena’s and what most impresses us is her infectious smile… the size of her ass being absolutely irrelevant. One day…

  2. Cynthia Chambers says:

    There is such anguish over body image. Just love and take care of yourself!

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