Woman says losing 200 pounds made her miserable

Woman says losing 200 pounds made her miserable

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Woman says losing 200 pounds made her miserable

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Posted on March 21, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 21 at 2:18 PM

ABC News -- At 308 pounds, Jen Larson dreamed about being skinny.

She fantasized about it saying she believed it was the fairy tale of weight -- "you lose the weight and you're beautiful and you're happy."

In her pursuit of happiness, she lost an astounding 180 pounds.  She said she's battled weight problems since childhood and tried just about every diet but when nothing worked, she turned to theirtric surgery.

She said that she saw the before and after photos of other patients and got tunnel vision, which made her leap into it. All she could see was the idea of being thin.

After losing all that weight, she found that being thin didn't make her happy. She said that she's still looking in the mirror and still doesn't like what she sees.

Dr. Bethany Marshall said many people believe losing weight will solve their problems. She said, "Obese people live with the fairy tale or the illusion if they lost the weight, thier lives would be better,
but what happens is when they lose the buffer, they feel that people are scrutinizing them."

Larson said in her new book, Stranger Here, she had to deal with her real psychological struggles. She doesn't regret having the surgery and hopes others will look beyond their body size to find true happiness.

She doesn't want her goal to be a size and a number, but rather to be able to be strong and to run a marathon and to be comfortable in her own skin.

For now, she says she's pretty happy.

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