Overweight Dream Meaning

If you have had a dream about either becoming or being overweight can be confusing and perplexing. I would have thought that such dreams portrayed our innermost fears, anxieties, and concerns about ourselves in the real world. However, on closer examination, there are so much more implications of dreaming of being overweight.

Is the dream about being overweight good or bad?

This is a dream about “transformation” it is about being happy with yourself. If you are seeing yourself heavier than you actually are; then this is about “aspects of your life” and the fact you may feel burdened or burdened as a result of external factors. Feeling judged and ostracized by society for being too small or too small, for example. In today's world: where the culture especially on Instagram is skinny is what it should be! Where thinness is viewed as that ideal of beauty, it can also signify deep feelings of insecurity and self-criticism. 

It seems to me that dreaming of being overweight is more than simply a matter of physical appearance; at its core, it means the fear of feeling incapable or inadequate due to the inability to control the outcomes in our lives – leading to a sense of helplessness when faced with resistance or setbacks.

What does it mean to dream of being overweight?

When one dreams they are overweight there is a feeling of being watched and judged as well as the fear of not being accepted by one’s peers as a result of being a part of a society which expects every body type to look the same.

This can create a tremendous amount of pressure just to live life on a daily basis. When one is dreaming that they are overweight and being made fun of, there is energy of lack of control, of not being able to stop oneself from overindulging. If you feel great about being overweight this is representative of your ability to accept luck and overindulge as a way of rewarding oneself for hard work. Sometimes it is just fine in a dream to feel overweight it indicates that you have crumbled the paper up and are re-setting goals.

In essence, I feel “overweight” dreams ask us if we truly think highly enough of ourselves if we are given the opportunity to look at ourselves through someone else's lens rather than our own; I do feel these dreams may appear at times when we make mistakes or require assistance from others and hope “others” will accept us despite any flaws they may see in us; you maybe dreaming of this because we need to accept ourselves despite our flaws. As a result, a general theme can be found across many types of dream interpretations: do we love ourselves enough? 

What does it mean to dream about putting on weight or being fat in a dream?

If you dream of getting bigger and bigger or being concerned that you are putting on weight, is a sign of your security. It could be that you are feeling insecure about your appearance. I often see these dreams as feeling that it is difficult to cope with difficulties. 

The dream of becoming progressively fatter and putting on weight might be a bit weird. 
Having dreams of becoming obese or overweight can mean feeling overwhelmed by your life's responsibilities and demands, or an increased fear that you won't be able to meet your obligations. You might also feel frustrated when trying to deal with all of the issues in your life at the same time when you dream of becoming obese or overweight. If you are overweight in real life it can just be that you are finding things overbearing in real life. 

A dream about obesity/being overweight can indicate that you feel overly restricted in some aspect(s) of your life where growth and change do not seem possible. When one lacks control of a situation, they may feel trapped and unable to move forward. In order to avoid creating restrictive scenarios that burden oneself mentally or emotionally if this is applicable to you , try taking more ownership and control where possible.  

Well, only you know what this dream means—I am sure that understanding its defining elements will provide insight into how it connects with your own personal experiences in the world around you—but whatever the case, you need to take care if strong negative emotions. And, after awakening from such dreams; listening closely within yourself will enable you to lead a more fulfilling life!

What does it mean to dream of seeing yourself slimmer in the dream?

To see yourself slimmer (than in real life) this is about spending time with the people you like, and have confidence in life. It is also a sign that you may feel out of control in regards to your eating in real life, so that is what your "subconscious mind" is trying to say. 

To dream of seeing yourself as slimmer can be interpreted in a number of different ways, however I do feel that this means transformation and renewal. It might also suggest a period of change and growth in your life. The dream of your body changing --- usually indicates that you have recently changed your attitude or beliefs towards something, which means you have made progress toward achieving your goals. If you joined a diet club then this is associated with secrets or trying to rid yourself of things in life.

This dream is also associated with new possibilities available to you right now, but suggests that you are feeling overwhelmed at times by all the changes that have taken place over the last few months. I also feel everything shifts around you, you may also feel a bit like a mess; unsure where you are going, but going anyway! The dream will probably remind us that when we set our minds to do something great, we are capable of much more than we think. 

While losing weight physically in a dream, in reality, being slimmer may be about letting go of negative thinking patterns and behaviors that keep us from living our best life, such as changing how much mental energy or resources we use on certain areas or relationships that no longer serve you. The underlying message in your dream is: Look inside yourself with love and acceptance, identify areas that need improvement, and transform yourself into who you truly want to be one step at a time!

What does it mean to gain weight in a dream?

Gaining weight in your dreams could be a representation of certain feelings and challenges you are experiencing in your life. I would have thought that the idea behind “gaining weight” in your dream has more to do with feeling out of control and self conscious, both physically and mentally. You may feel like there is no escape from the difficult situation or obstacle that is preventing you from running free. 

In real life, it can be difficult for some people to loose weight because they have to work hard to achieve something and it isn't as easy as they thought it would be. I am sure many people perceive this sensation differently but it is all relative depending on someone’s motivation. I believe when we dream of ourselves gaining weight, it's an indication that our stress levels are high and we are trying desperately to keep them low by giving into temptations such as food cravings which leads us down a vicious cycle where our stress levels climb each time we give into that temptation because then, slowly but surely, our self-image starts deteriorating along with self confidence plummeting as well resulting in further damage due to emotional eating habits amongst many other things which could cause someone depression and anxiety over time. 

I also believe this might even embody what others expect from you -- when it comes to body image, so dreaming about actually achieving what others expect from you (or being thin in a dream) can often lead you to feeling somewhat successful amid many struggles.

What does it mean to dream of fat loss surgery?

This is a dream which is usually riddled with self esteem and of course -- and maybe even a bit of confusion if you are thin in real life. When you dream of losing weight through surgery or a fat tube, this is a sign of not only wishful thinking, but invasion as many who are overweight find comfort and safety in their current state. When a doctor is poking or prodding at them, they feel vulnerable and unsafe, this is represented in these kinds of dreams.


When it comes to body image issues, the problem with these sorts of dreams is that there is an extra layer of “excessive” behavior, such as eating too much, drinking too much and all other forms of excess which causes the dreamer to feel awful throughout the dream. If you feel in the dream completely different from everyone else, it may cause you to feel as though you are an outcast, not one of the herd. This can be a dramatically difficult position to be in. An “overweight” dream represents the fear of gaining too much weight which shows a health conscious nature in the waking life --- almost to the extreme.

In this dream you may have

  • Blown up like a balloon in a room full of skinny people
  • Found yourself eating uncontrollably.
  • Laughed like a jolly Santa in a room full of bigger people
  • Found yourself completely comfortable in your own skin.

Positive changes are afoot if

  • You were accepting of yourself and your insecurities.
  • You chose to eat healthy food even in your overweight which shows your willingness to treat yourself well even if you don’t see results right away.
  • You allow yourself to be naked and overweight seen by others but do not feel ashamed
  • You wiggle all around in a gesture of acceptance and happiness with your form.

This dream is in association with the following scenarios in your life

  • Sudden weight gain.
  • Up and coming trip where you are going to be around those that may judge you.
  • Indulgence.
  • Celebration.

Feelings that you may have encountered during a dream of Overweight

Happiness. Jolliness. Comfort. Sadness. Frustration. Indulgence. Uncertainty. Lack of Control. Immobility. Unawareness. Freedom. Meditation. Insecurity. Confidence.

By Flo Saul
Oct 12, 2012