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," Larson said.
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.
Larson said seeing the before and after photos of other patients gave her tunnel vision, which made her leap into surgery. She said all she could see was the idea of being thin.
After losing all the weight, Larson found that being thin didn't make her happy.
She says everytime she looks in the mirror, she still doesn't like what she sees.
Dr. Bethany Marshall said many people believe losing weight will solve their problems.
"Obese people live with the fairy tale or the illusion if they lost the weight, their lives would be better,
but what happens is when they lose the buffer, they feel that people are scrutinizing them," Marshall said.
In her new book, Stranger Here, Larson said she had to deal with her real psychological struggles.
She doesn't regret having the surgery but hopes others will look beyond their body size to find true happiness.
Larson 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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