Surprise! You’re Overweight!

March 8, 2011 at 7:33 am | Posted in Fashion, Fitness and Beauty | 5 Comments
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As part of my fitness routine, I have taken to weighing myself often.  I assumed that I probably weighed about the same as I did when I was in high school and college, because I still wear a lot of the same clothes as I did back then.  When I weighed myself I wasn’t surprised to see that I did gain a little weight since then.  I’ve only recently returned to working out and I’m older now.  It’s normal, right?  But I couldn’t figure out where the extra pounds were.  My boobs have gotten a little bigger. I always had a big booty, and thighs to match, but nothing too out of a control. Maybe a few pounds on my stomach.  Nothing to worry about.

But if you go by standards of measuring your height and how much you “should” weigh based on that, I am slightly overweight.  Me and many Americans are “overweight”.  Now, I don’t want to get into the whole overeating epidemic that has made this country fat overall. I want to stay focused on the fact that people who look like me, who don’t fit into the bracket of pounds defined for them, can be considered overweight.  Have you seen what I look like? I do NOT look overweight.  And I eat super healthy, most of the time.

A lot of things effect a person’s perception of being overweight.  We see super skinny celebrities and try to emulate them. And we use these “medical standards” and think they are accurate.  There was a time when super skinny was not attractive, when super skinny meant you were poor.  Having a little meat on your bones meant you were healthy and wealthy.  That’s no longer the case.

So what is the new normal?  How much should I weigh?  I’ll tell you one thing. Since I started working out, I haven’t gained or lost more than a pound.  Maybe if I worked out more, I’d lose a little weight.  I’ll keep trying. But I think my body might also be telling me something.  It is happy the way that it is.


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  1. 2 months ago I went to the doctors and weighed in at 150, which is my normal weight and hasn’t changed in like three years now. The nurse was shocked. She didn’t expect that weight to go with how I look. She was the same height as me, but weighed less, but looked heavier, so she thought she had an objective view of the number. And I was thinking, “…well, it’s muscle and it’s a perfectly healthy weight, so bugger off.” Weight is just a number, when it comes down to it.

  2. It’s better to consider the government standards as guidelines. I’ve been underweight my whole life, and I am quite healthy. I eat five small meals a day and exercise several times a week. I’m definitely not anorexic. My body just wasn’t built to weight much. Some people’s bodies are built to weigh more, some are built to weigh less. You know if you re getting the right food and exercise. If you are, don’t sweat it.

  3. I have to agree with Erin. I’m also classified as underweight, but if I gained more I genuinely would be fat. It’s all in your build, how much muscle you have, and what’s healthy for you.

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