Showing posts with label Phantom Fat. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Phantom Fat. Show all posts

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Tackle It Tuesday

I have a lot of shite to "tackle" at the moment. Most of which is a little too hum drum to chat about on here.

BUT, one thing I have been meaning to tackle, out of interest rather than necessity is this:

Phantom Fat. Ummmm. Charming phrase. But sadly a phenomena that kind of sometimes afflicts me.

According to the wonderful Word Spy:

"Body-image experts say it's not uncommon for people, especially women, who have lost a lot of weight to be disappointed to some extent to discover that they still aren't "perfect." The excess fat is gone when they reach their goal weight, but they may have sagging skin, cellulite or a body shape that they still deem undesirable. Some even continue to see themselves as though they are overweight.

Some specialists use the term "phantom fat" to refer to this phenomenon of feeling fat and unacceptable after weight loss.

"People who were formerly overweight often still carry that internal image, perception, with them," says Elayne Daniels, a psychologist in Canton, Mass., who specializes in body-image issues. "They literally feel as if they're in a large body still."
The reason this has come up again, for me, is the TV show The Biggest Loser.

I look at those contestants, specifially the female ones, and cannot see how I weigh less than them.

I'll give you an example:

Daina is currently 88.7kg. I look at her and think her figure is shaping up gorgeously! I am envious! (I currently weigh 87kg. I am not sure how tall she is, but you get my drift.)

Pheobe is currently 97.4kg. Looking good, but with a way to go. She looks how I still feel. But I am a fair bit less?

PLEASE note, I am NOT comparing myself with these women. Of course I get that we are all different and that we carry excess weight differently.

But I am curious, I guess, as to this "condition" which strikes me totally as a mental one?

Will I ever feel slim?


Will I ever have a correct sense of how my body really is? (Good and bad, fat or slim. Because I hate to say it, but at my top end weight of 111kg, I never actually felt obese. Weird.)

Confused about all this?

Yeah, me too. Not whining, just curious.

Thus far, in my Googling, I have not come across a solution. I shall, of course, continue to look for some answers.

In between times, if anyone has any bright ideas on this Phantom Fat bizzo, let me know?