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You say my waist size is what?

Bad news people.  Maybe you already know this tidbit of information, but on the other hand, maybe you are lost in the haze of your surroundings.  Let me explain.  If everyone you know drinks bottled water, then yes, you too are more likely to drink bottled water.  I’m not citing any expensive studies here, I’m just using common sense.  If everyone you know is technically obese, then you too are more likely to be obese.  And that’s the problem.

Obesity: it’s a serious topic afterall.  It’s our health, our longevity we are messing around with, and when we DON’T think we are obese when we obviously are, then that’s a problem.

I am obese.  I actually put a picture of me in this article.  Can you tell?  Or…do I look normal?  I weigh 205 and am a hair shy of 6 foot tall.  I have a medium muscle build.  Still think I’m normal?  Right!  You now think I’m in great shape, don’t you?

Let’s just say that I bet this little experiment proved my point.  If we all look the same, that becomes “normal”.  Now, before you leave a comment telling me I’m nuts to say I’m obese, read on…but I know you want to say that, right?

The proof is in the pudding, they say, and I filled out a health assessment last night.  One of the questions was to fill in my waist size.  I was 30 inches in High School and I’m now wearing 36 inch jeans comfortably.  I’m guessing my waist is around 35 inches.  The form says to measure my waist just above my hips (which is about an inch below my belly button).  I’m thinking this isn’t fair.  My waist is where my pants sit.  Nope.  Keep reading, this gets humorous.

So, I dig out a sewing kit measuring tape, you know the kind that is flexible.  I measure at the correct location and I have a 40.5 inch waist.  I immediately think of the old days when I thought it was funny looking at 40 inch waist jeans on the racks in department stores.  So, I think I’ll just BEAT this test.  I’ll measure my “waist” where my pants sit.  That’ll make me feel better.  Hmmm, 40 inches.  Okay, they got me.

So, do you still think I’m NOT obese?  I have a 40 inch waist.  Would you tell anyone that has a 40 inch waist that they are in great shape?  Be real, please!

I’ve lost about 20 pounds over the last few months, and I wonder what my waist was back then when I was near 225.  My goal is to get back down to my “fat” weight of around 180.  I say “fat” because when I hit 180 my sophomore year at Purdue I…felt…miserable…wonder why?  Because I was FAT!  I was 165 when I graduated High School and that weight is unrealistic since I’ve “bulked up” since those days.  I figure 180 will be optimal athlete weight for me.

So, get our that ruler or measuring tape and tell me how in shape you are!!!!  If you still feel the urge to tell me that I look great and am not obese, you need to look in the mirror and realize you are trying to justify how you look.  I want to encourage you to “BE REAL” and take stock in your health.  The sooner you get healthy, the more productive and joyful your life may become.  180, here I come!


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