Put simply FATorexia is the denial of obesity.
The FATorexic ultimately gets to the stage where the fear of failure to remain slim gives way to a reluctant acceptance of being fat, being obese and everything associated with it. The FATorexic then becomes accustomed to being obese and in order to help themselves feel better they begin to stop looking at the fat image in the mirror, they stop looking at themselves properly as they don’t want to, and ultimately cannot, see the truth of the image staring back at them.
They begin to display the traits that are associated with FATorexia such as clipping the labels from clothes, and only using small mirrors. It is a self preservation method and most overweight and obese women have admitted to displaying some of the hiding strategies that are identified and explained fully by the world leading expert in the subject, Sara Bird.
Herself a former FATorexia sufferer, Sara identified and named this phenomenon and has been working with women all over the world to affect the cure. In her first book (FATorexia, what do you see when you look in the mirror), she takes a tongue in cheek approach to helping women understand what FATorexia is and how they can identify the traits that they may be displaying which prevents them losing weight and owning their own body issues, and in her second book (FATorexia Rules), she offers the solution to a happier, healthier future and shares success stories to motivate other women to become the best they can be.
Her discovery of FATorexia subsequent research led to Sara been acknowledged as the world leading expert on the subject and this led to an approach by the renowned weight loss surgeon Dr David Kerrigan whose own research shows that many obese patients underestimate their weight significantly and do not believe they are as heavy as they actually are. Sara met with Dr David Kerrigan and he shared his research with her which clinically proves that there is such a condition which although had not been named he agreed that FATorexia is an appropriate name for the condition that his research also proves exists.
Sara’s own research into the condition has continued and buoyed by the fact that there is now medical proof that FATorexia exists has driven her to find the cure which she now can share and continues to work with women to help them come to terms with their weight problems and regain control of their own life.