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Exclamation Fatorexia: Overweight People Who Deny They Are Fat
by Narkissos 05-25-2010, 04:31 PM




The dangers of a distorted self-perception of being fat (as in anorexia) are clear, present and well-documented. But what about a distorted perception of being thin? Or at least "not fat"?
British author Sara Bird examines this phenomenon in her book Fatorexia: What Do You See When You Look in the Mirror?"
Bird herself was shocked to discover that she was overweight. At 5'10" and 238lbs, this may be hard for many to believe, but Bird says this of her epiphany;
When I looked in the mirror, I saw a confident thin person, when in fact I was obese.
She says she developed a "magician's menu of optical illusions", which included:
  • Wearing generously cut clothing with elastic waistbands
  • Looking at hand mirrors to check her appearance, rather than full-length ones.
  • Favoring ornate jewellery and fabrics to draw the eye away from the expanded flesh beneath.
  • Using talc to avoid chafing, rather than stepping on the scales for a reality check.
Since the release of her book, Bird has been flooded with emails of people who shared her disillusionment. Says one of her readers
I've said for ages that I suffer from the opposite of anorexia. My friends are sizes 10 to 14, I'm a 20. But, when I'm with them, I think that I'm the same size as they are, until I see photos of us together. Then I have an almighty shock to see that I'm huge compared to them.
Science seems to back up Sara Birds' thesis. A study in the British Medical Journal found that one-quarter of obese or overweight adults did not view themselves as fat.
Experts say our self-delusions about weight appear to be fed by the apparel industry with its prevalence of "vanity sizing" - cutting clothing to appear more flattering and skewing sizes.
Bird has since dropped 20lbs through minor lifestyle changes, and advises a similar approach to fellow "fatorexics".

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In the mirror, Sara saw a slim woman. Just one problem: she was 17st. So how could she be so deluded?
By Angela Carless
26th April 2010



In denial: Sara Bird let the weight creep on and was shocked when her doctor told her she was obese


Until five years ago I had no idea I was fat, let alone grossly overweight. I was a busy working mum to two little girls, with a thriving career and a man I adored.



Life was good and although I knew I wasn't ultra-thin, after a life time of yo-yo dieting, I certainly didn't see myself as having a major weight problem.



When I looked in the mirror I saw an attractive face, with immaculate make-up and perfectly groomed hair. I always had manicured nails, wore gorgeous shoes and chose my clothes carefully. But crucially, I only looked in small hand-held mirrors rather than full-length ones and had avoided the scales for some time.


Then, during a routine check-up with my GP, he asked to weigh me. In my mind, I was around 13 to 14 stone - not thin, I grant you, but at 5ft 10in I thought I could carry a few extra pounds.


But, as I stepped on the scales, I was stunned. Almost immediately, they crept past the 17st mark. 'You are obese,' the doctor told me bluntly.
It may sound unlikely, but I was genuinely shocked. In my mind I was far from obese. To me, obese was beyond fat - with connotations of someone who was greedy, lazy and uneducated and that wasn't me.
I even looked behind me, thinking a fat person had walked into the room and he was talking to them. Sadly, of course, that wasn't the case - and I fought back tears as my GP said there was a seminar about weight loss I could go to.


I refused to contemplate it. I was a self-taught expert on dieting - I knew the calorific value of everything from a roast dinner to a peanut. I had lost and gained more than 30st during 20 years of dieting and where had it got me? Considerably fatter than when I started out, deluded about my weight and in denial about my problem.


Distraught and humiliated, I stormed out of my GP's surgery, too ashamed to tell anyone, but deeply affected by it. Once home, I went straight onto the internet to look at BMI charts to check out how obese I was. For my height, I should have been 5st lighter - a huge amount which, incredibly, I had let creep up on me.


Gritting my teeth, I stripped off and forced myself to look in a full-length mirror for the first time in I couldn't remember how long. I wanted to see what 'obese' really looked like and, I must admit, I was shocked. I was so used to just looking at my face, I never saw the rolls of fat on my size 20 figure.


I was like the Pillsbury Dough boy. While women who are too thin appear to have a lollipop head, mine seemed much too small for my body. I would not have recognised it as being me.


Angry with myself for having got into this state, I began to ask why hadn't I seen it before?


But then it hit me; just like an anorexic who sees a fat body when they look in the mirror, I'd been seeing a slim one. Where the anorexic wears baggy clothes to hide behind, I was wearing big clothes with the size labels cut out to hide my vastness.











Changing shape: Sara aged 17 and a size 12, left, and a size 18 at 34


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When I looked in the mirror, I saw a confident thin person, when in fact I was obese.
I'm the opposite.

Does anyone here think like that?
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To me, obese was beyond fat - with connotations of someone who was greedy, lazy and uneducated.
I think is the crux of problem, minus spin.

In Sara's case, you have what seems to be a person with a fairly active life (work, family, social interaction) who over the years made poor nutritional choices. Yet (and be honest with yourself), what's the first image you often conjure in your mind when you hear 'obese person'?





... That's what I thought.





Now, try to apply that description to yourself, and if your first thought is "But I'm not like that!"

That is what she's describing.

Too many people, despite efforts to the contrary, are confusing the clinical definition with what they perceive to be the lifestyle mindset of an obese person, so when they're denying that they're obese, they've skipped over the 'improper body composition' and jumped straight to the 'bums that would rather lay back and do nothing with their lives rather than get up and work like the rest of us'. And they're denying it because they don't want others to think of them like that; they consider those people worthless.

I'm not against calling a spade a spade, but unlike sumo wrestlers who do it for their sport, I doubt you'll find any obese person who decided to sit down and get fat simply because they thought it was a good idea at the time.
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I think is the crux of problem, minus spin.

In Sara's case, you have what seems to be a person with a fairly active life (work, family, social interaction) who over the years made poor nutritional choices. Yet (and be honest with yourself), what's the first image you often conjure in your mind when you hear 'obese person'?





... That's what I thought.





Now, try to apply that description to yourself, and if your first thought is "But I'm not like that!"

That is what she's describing.

Too many people, despite efforts to the contrary, are confusing the clinical definition with what they perceive to be the lifestyle mindset of an obese person, so when they're denying that they're obese, they've skipped over the 'improper body composition' and jumped straight to the 'bums that would rather lay back and do nothing with their lives rather than get up and work like the rest of us'. And they're denying it because they don't want others to think of them like that; they consider those people worthless.
Kinda agree with that.

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I'm not against calling a spade a spade, but unlike sumo wrestlers who do it for their sport, I doubt you'll find any obese person who decided to sit down and get fat simply because they thought it was a good idea at the time.
Can't say i necessarily agree with this.

There are tons of sites/forums dedicated to just that.
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