Do you think a person can put on a lot of weight without really being aware of how fat they are?
I regularly read about men and women who say they put on weight over a period of time and when the finally got weighed (be it a slimming club or the doctors, whatever) or seen a holiday pic they were shocked at how much they weighed or how fat they looked.
I'm not being mean, I just find it hard to understand how you can put on so much weight and not feel clothes getting tight or even notcie yourself in the mirror. If you're wearing a size 16+ surely if you used to be a size 10, you must notice yourself changing, not to mention the change in your fitness.
One can 'go' from a size 10 to a sz. 22W in no time and w/out noticing. DENIAL is not just a river in Egypt and is a powerful thing. First, you have something keeping you thin and skinny (even scrawny). Stop that and and insto presto, that lifestyle that was keeping you thin, becomes your worst enemy.
You've lost your edge, and then through some circumstances, some w/in and some beyond their control, they start putting on the pounds.
Once they start putting on the pounds and actively gain, they know they are hefty/fat/obese; (they see the dress/pant sizes on the rise and find that no longer will the petites fit) but unless they can go back to the lifestyle which KEPT them thin and emaciated-looking, they can't lose weight.
There's a caveat here, though: They can lose the weight, but not if they're called slovenly or for a minute think the world thinks of them as slovenly. Do we need to coddle them? No, But, ought to understand that they may be facing a hurdle that you don't know about and need your support.
I know that's not exactly answering your question, but, there were a few judgments that were hidden in your question, that I needed to address. How do I know the hurdles that they may face? I've been on the other end of 'fail to understand how she could be so physically fit one day, and then put on so much weight...' and HOW COULD SHE NOT KNOW?
Hi, Tanx for your answer. Denial for some I suppose could be one of the answers. It just seems there are so many excuses these days. Very little staying power any more.
There are diets which boast, "lose weight without exercising." Thats an example of no staying or willpower. But, there are those who CANNOT lose weight or be the responsible citizen-would you say, "very little staying power' of them?
Size 10 goes to a size 16 and doesn't notice it? Really? Who do they think they are kidding? Denial is much more powerful than I ever would have thought if this is the case.
I notice if I'm holding a bit of extra water weight. I can't imagine going up 3 or more sizes and not "noticing".
A person would really have to be zoned out or hyper-focused on something to be so oblivious. I'm not saying everyone should be so vain and self focused that they notice every little change in their body, but when it gets to the point that you get winded easily, tire faster, can't move the same as usual, clothes start to pinch a bit/ or cut off your circulation( do they not own a mirror?) it has to give a clue.
The only one they are kidding is their self.
I'm not going into the whys of gaining weight, they are all individual cases with so many variables. And that is another subject completely.Whether it is giving valid medical reasons for gaining or giving excuses for the extra layer(s), I'm just saying it has to be noticed somewhere along the way.
Just my humble opinion.
I think a person can put on a lot of weight without really being aware of how fat they are. If you only compare yourself to how you were a week ago then you can gain a pound or two each week and think of it as only gaining a little weight. 70 pounds later it is just a little extra weight.
After gaining a lot of weight the person can choose not to be aware of how fat they are. They can ignore the signs and think of themselves as being a little overweight. I have seen it with a person that became obese. He ignored a lot of signs, like him having problems associated with obesity.
If you used to be a size 10 and your a size 16+ now you might choose not to remember you were a size 10. The person I mentioned talked like he forgot he was lean and fairly fit 2 years ago. It was like the before and after were different people.
I absolutely think that this is possible. Muscle turns to fat and it can happen gradually. In addition, if clothes are baggy, people don't realize that they have put on so much weight.
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