Dream meaning of fat

To dream that you are getting fat, denotes that you are about to make a fortunate change in your life.

To see others fat, signifies prosperity.

Physical Physical
You need more personal space and insulation from others, to take up your own space and be yourself without apology. You need to share and release more of your self-expressive energy.
Emotional Emotional
You are afraid of getting fat and being rejected by others. You feel guilty about something you did. You feel you can’t get enough love, that you need to hoard your reserves because loss is always imminent.
Spiritual Spiritual
You are focusing on the need for gratitude, how you should use what you’ve already been given, how big you really are spiritually.
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The Dream Encyclopedia

The popular psychological interpretation of obesity is lack of self-esteem and overindulgence in fear and denial; layers of protection to insulate the dreamer from involvement or action; hopelessness and helplessness to express power and authority; fear that rejection will be the only reward for effort. Other possible meanings are the “fat cat” who ate the mouse, being “full of oneself,” or fattening up the livestock (for slaughter).

The Dream Encyclopedia

Being fat in a dream is a straightforward symbol of overindulgence, but it can also represent wealth and opulence. The dreaming mind often literalizes common verbal expressions in an effort to convey something to the conscious mind. Thus, an image of a fat person in a dream can indicate anything from a “fat cat,” to “fat chance,” to “fathead,” to “fat city.” 

The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett
The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett

Although some of the ancient prophets believed this dream to be a forerunner to an illness, the more modern ones agree that it predicts a happy life of few worries and many pleasures and that the fatter you (or others) were in your dream the better is the omen. Eating fat signifies success in love affairs; cooking fat indicates business profits.

Complete Dictionary of Dreams » Dr. Michael Lennox
Complete Dictionary of Dreams » Dr. Michael Lennox

We have very powerful associations with fat in our culture, but at the heart of this symbol, fat relates to increasing your level of protection and number of provisions for your needs to get met. At its most fundamental level, fat is the mammalian body’s way of creating stores of energy to be tapped into during times of lack. For most people, being fat is associated with sloth, blame, and shame. The media virulently reinforces this perspective. Therefore, your personal relationship with regard to fat as a symbol must connect to your own experience of your body shape and size.

Gaining weight in a dream could point out an unconscious need to protect yourself from emotional stress. It can also indicate a need to put a protective barrier between yourself and the outside world.

Losing weight could represent either a shedding of old defenses or a depletion of resources.

Look to areas in your life where you may be feeling a sense of lack or fears of future limitation.

Dream Dictionary » Eve Adamson & Gayle Williamson
Dream Dictionary » Eve Adamson & Gayle Williamson

Is that really you in the mirror? People often dream they are fatter than they really are, and this can feel very disturbing but is usually the result of being overanxious about diet or hyperconscious of appearance, or a sign of anxiety that a recent weight loss won’t “stick.” If you have lost weight recently and you have begun to gain some back, your body might be calling this fact to your attention, especially if you haven’t wanted to admit this is happening. You are what you see, and that’s the truth.

To carefully examine fat areas on your own body in a dream, such as a spare tire or a jiggly thigh, means you are overly concerned with your appearance. Know what? Our whole society is making a buck off your appearance. You have been micromanaging your body out of a fear that you might lose control of what your body does. You are putting your appearance above your health.

If you see a fat person in your dream, someone has made himself out to be bigger and more important than he really is. This person is much less confident than he pretends to be. Be compassionate; be kind.

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