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Is overweight the new average?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

I look around these days and I notice, there are very few thin people. Anywhere. There are average sized people. Well wait....what is average anymore? Average back when I was a kid seems to be very different from average now. Average then was, well, thin. Average now is, well, plumper.

Have we become so used to overweight that it has become the new normal? I no longer know what my ideal weight is. Will I look too thin at say, 120? Will I be less that the average weight?

I am glad my daughter doesn't worry about her weight. She is average. But is that good anymore? Is she really overweight and heading for issues? I will never point this out to her since as a teenager she could really take it wrong.

Has anyone else noticed that we have become desensitized to overweight and accepted it as normal? I am afraid that this issue is hiding from us in plain sight. Will obese become the new normal? That's a scary thought.
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    Yes, I definitely think average these days is over weight. I thought I had a few pounds to lose but overall didn't think I was that far from normal, come to find out I was not "overweight" I was "OBESE". I was still one of the "thinnest" people I knew so that made me realize how far off target we all are in our perceptions. I'm just glad I'm on the right track, one day at a time
    1898 days ago
    I think you are right too! Overweight is the new norm. When I see a thin person now, they seem to stand out in the crowd because they are the only thin ones around:)
    1941 days ago
    I don't thinks it's a question of will become....I think it has. I think as I look around at people I see every day, I see more people who are bigger. And I have never really neticed it up until now, that I have worked so much harder to become thinner. I would NEVER have thought of myself as in danger of being over weight and having health problems. Just thought I need to drop a few pounds. Now that I se myself after dropping 20, I realize I need to lose more, and I feel a huge difference already in stamina and energy level. But there is more to do, and it took me A LOT to realize that.
    1945 days ago
    It's hard to tell what overweight is any more. You are right. What I have noticed is that alot of children have bigger bones than I do and their body frames are bigger as well.
    They are just bigger.
    1946 days ago
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