Monday, July 12, 2010

"I'm so fat!"

My sister and I are constantly saying to one another "I'm so fat," or something along the lines of "God, I'm huge." When strangers or even our loved ones hear us, they think we're crazy. At one point, my boyfriend even said to me, "If you keep this up, we're going to have an intervention on your behalf." Now, my sister and I feel "fat" from time to time but we know we're not actually overweight or obese. In reality, we're actually about average. I tell my family and friends I know I'm not fat, but sometimes I just feel that way.

Even though some people may think we're anorexic or have anorexic tendencies, if they really watched us, they'd see us pigging out on fast food, or going out for ice cream 3 times a week. What I think people don't understand is that there is a huge difference between girls that complain about how their feeling fat and the girls who actually suffer from anorexia nervosa and have an extremely distorted images of their bodies.

Anorexia Nervosa manifests itself in two different forms: the familiar restricting type and the not so familiar binge-eating-purging type often thought to be bulimia nervosa. Although most people think that this disorder only effects women, there are also some men that suffer from this disease as well with a ratio of somewhere around 6 to 1. Anorexia nervosa causes people to obsess about their weight and the foods they eat because they see them as being connected to their self worth. Their problems often rise as an inability to cope with emotional problems and actually has little to do with food.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, there are several factors that can cause anorexia nervosa. They include: hostility, isolation, and chaos within the family and also low levels of empathy and nurturance. It is also thought that society pressures teens and children into feeling the need be thin. Open up any fashion magazine and all you will find are models who are under 100 pounds who look like walking skeletons. In addition, it also theorized that children become anorexic because of the pressures they feel to become more independent.

Recovering from anorexia takes intense therapy to uncover the underlying issue leading to the eating disorder. Often times sufferers are nursed back to health gaining weight in small amounts and helping the patient to understand that their new weight is healthy. As sad as it seems even as one person recovers from anorexia, it seems as though a perpetual cycle will continue and new girls will be diagnosed with the disorder.


  1. I always say that I'm fat, but I know in reality I'm not "fat" just a bit over weight than I'd like to be. Whenever I say it around people they give me a death stare and that yell at me for saying it. It is just how we grew up and the norms of society. "Thin is in." If we don't look like move stars than we aren't "in". Ahh.. the pressures of the media and society.

  2. My sisters and I say the same..especially after we've finished pigging out on junk food. However, it's more a reaction to our overeating than a actual critique of our bodies. Often, it is the people who have an actual problem who aren't talking about it. Most individuals suffereing from anorexia or bulimia will go to all lengths to hide their illness.

  3. I also am a victim of saying I'm so fat. My sister is a model that lives in new york city and is super thin and I feel that I am always being compared to her. Sometimes even she says I'm so fat and everyone knows she is super thin. Maybe people say "I'm so fat" instead of "I'm so full". We really shouldn't throw that saying around because of the people who truly are over weight probably hate the people who say I'm so fat and clearly aren't.

  4. A lot of girls think that they are fat when they're not. I know a couple of girls that used to be attractive and are not anymore because they lost too much weight. It's funny, all these girls try to get really skinny when in reality most guys don't want an overly skinny girl.