Pharaoh?s dream of seven fat cows being devoured by seven lean ones is a perfect illustration of fat representing a surplus or surfeit of anything. The spiritual significance can be of energy, power or knowledge. Depending on how we think of our bodies in the waking state, we can often use the dream image of ourselves to change the way we feel. Body dysmorphia (distortion) in dreams is not uncommon, particularly in lucid dreaming. Dreaming of being fat can also suggest the carrying of a weighty burden. To dream of being fat alerts us to the defences we use against inadequacy. Equally, we may also be conscious of the sensual and fun side of ourselves we have not used before. A woman will sometimes dream of becoming fat before she is consciously aware of being pregnant.