Obesity is a symptom that is hard to hide. Famous stars are experts in how to stand for photos so they look 10 pounds thinner than they really are. There are obese people who are experts in how to take their own photo so that they look even 50 to 100 pounds thinner. (Think sharp angles and extreme close ups - it can be done).
If you were in a room with one obese person and 8 people of normal body weight and were told on looks alone to determine which person in the room had an addiction, which would you choose?
I was watching The Mindy Project the other night. There was a scene of a sharing circle at a rehab. Sitting in the circle are addicts of various addictions. One guy is dominating the conversation, lamenting how people are claiming an addiction to things that he thinks are bogus. Argues that drug and alcohol addiction are real but women thinking they are addicted to needing validation from men is bogus, guy addicted to body-building - bogus, guy addicted to sex -bogus, woman addicted to relationships - bogus, etc. He tells each person they should be ashamed of themselves for trying to pass through life with bogus addictions. . . then he comes to a very overweight woman in the circle and says to her "except for you ma'am. Overeating is a legitimate addiction. Food is a drug." The woman looks up from her knitting and says "I'm addicted to buying little figurines."
I remember when I was over 330 pounds and I went to an addiction group for the first time in New York. I listened to what they had to say and when I was asked if I wanted to say anything I said "I don't know if I am really addicted to food and overeating . . . but I can see now that I am a Disney addict. I spend all my time planning trips four times a year and all our money goes to the next trip. I have debt because of the trips and I am currently obsessed with the next trip.
I was 27, 5'4' and over 300 pounds. Addiction is real. Denial is what is bogus.
Did someone point out you had a problem with food before you accepted the truth? How did you manage your denial?