I think people with eating disorders might know better than some overweight people how it feels to be fat. Sure, some of us might not feel the physical aspects of extra weight, but we feel the psychological effects to the max. We know how it feels to have people stare at us with that disgusted look on our face because we have a few extra rolls tucked away somewhere. We feel bloated and disgusting all the time in our skins, and the mirrors tell us we’re walking butter sticks. The thought of our fat is in our thoughts 24/7. I used to imagine what I would reply if someone ever told me I looked fat. Something along the lines of “tell me something I don’t already know” was usually what I settled on.
We feel constrained by our weights and we let them prevent us from doing things like swimming or going shopping or going to a dance or being intimate with someone.
When someone says “I feel fat” that’s the sort of feeling I think of.
I know that many overweight people are probably much happier with their sizes than people with EDs are about theirs, but I have a hard time picturing it.
What do you think?