MSNBC had an article today on body image issues and how “phantom fat” can linger after weight loss. At first I thought it was about feeling fat after weight loss surgery, but it turns out it is a body image issue that many people have after losing weight. Read more here.
We have all seen the pictures of someone after they have had gastric bypass surgery and lost a ton of weight. They often time have excess skin, which leaves them with a new set of body image issues. Well, MSNBC had an article today about “phantom fat” and how it can linger after weight loss.
It turns out that this “phantom fat” is the term used for the experience of feeling fat and unacceptable after weight loss.
Body-image experts reveal that it is common for people, especially women, who have lost a lot of weight to still have body image issues. While the excess fat is gone, they may have sagging skin, cellulite, or may not have the body they thought they would have. Some people even continue to see themselves as though they are overweight, such as Kellylyn Hicks who lost about 85 pounds and went from a size 24 to a tiny size 4. Kellylyn still worries she won’t fit into chairs.
Elayne Daniels, a psychologist in Canton, Mass., who specializes in body-image issues says,
“People who were formerly overweight often still carry that internal image, perception, with them. They literally feel as if they’re in a large body still. Body image is a lot harder to change than the actual physical body is.”
Readers have you ever hear of or experienced “phantom fat?” If so please share your experiences below.