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ON2VICTORY SparkPoints: (47,763)
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2/1/13 9:35 P

This is one area where I am not expert because I have always come at it from the angle of being too heavy or large but..... I was just talking to someone today that struggled with so many of the same issues.

Body image issues are body image issues no matter the size. I think you are right in your estimations. Society puts such an unrealistic burden of expectation concerning "being thin" that the line often gets blurred and some can drive past the point of healthy and fit. Maybe, as a suggestion, you can focus on how fit and capable you are rather than focusing on some internal driving force that keeps you under the gun to get as thin as possible.

I am not sure how much that will help but I am a BIG believer in loving yourself right where you are at. Maybe forcusing on being strong and accepting that you are in a good place.

Best of luck to you and love yourself first.

ETHELMERZ Posts: 20,296
2/1/13 9:16 P

And keep in mind, even if you reach the "right combo" of eating and exercise, at some point, your genetics will burst forth and it will be more difficult to keep trying to hit the ideal. Also, I wonder at the fitness models on magazines now, they look so thin, and they are not "regular" people, it's their job to be thin, they are paid to keep looking like that, but the rest of us average folk are supposed to look at them and beat ourself up for not working out 8 hrs. a day, and existing on Tofu and lentils and a dab of greek yogurt, if you read the articles.

EXERTIGER Posts: 971
2/1/13 7:42 P

It's just a target. I'm 5'5" and would love to have your measurements. I won't because I'm built with a big caboose, but I think you should accept where you're at and be thrilled with it.

TANGOKATE Posts: 662
2/1/13 7:25 P

Even when I was pencil thin in high school I never really had a waist, which caused me a lot of grief through the years. There simply wasn't much of an indent to call a waist. I didn't fill out up top until my 30s and no children happened to cause it. LOL. We are all different and that counts for a lot of what makes us special. It's taken me years to embrace that one. But with SP, I finally have.

Yippee!!!!! emoticon

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,529
2/1/13 6:33 P

Even when I weighed 110 lbs and had 7% body fat. My waist to hip ratio was 83. So I don't put much stock in that ratio.

JUSTKLH Posts: 1,489
2/1/13 6:29 P

I think all these charts and calculators are created to drive us all a little crazy lol. My waist-to-hip ratio says I'm healthy (0.74), my BMI says I'm overweight (BMI=28.9), and my body fat percentage is estimated to be "average" (estimate= 29%). I am still about 25 lbs heavier than I want to be.

I think that it's really all about where you are the most healthy and when you feel your best. You can't really change your waist to hip ratio because that's just the way you are shaped. If you feel healthy and you are where you want to be, the best you can do is reduce your risk factors in other ways. Good luck

SOLYHICO Posts: 75
2/1/13 3:58 P

my waist to hip ratio is 0.83 ...which puts me in the moderate risk category
i think it would have to be .80 or below to be "low risk"

essentially my hips would have to stay the same and i would have to lose around 2" off of my waist..
not gonna happen!
intellectually i know that, and i know that i am healthy the way i am.
still frustrating though!

PSCHIAVONE2 SparkPoints: (20,650)
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2/1/13 3:34 P

What is this hip to height ratio supposed to be?

FEDGIRL4 Posts: 2,182
2/1/13 2:45 P

I agree with TACDGB, genetics does play a part.

For me personally, after I started walking every day (with slight incline) and I gave up MOST flour and sugar, then I started to see my waist and belly disappear.

You have to find the right combo for you.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
2/1/13 2:39 P

remember that we all have different body types. Also genetics plays a part. Some people are more athletic in shape than others. Be proud of how far you have come........Embrace the new wonderful you.......

SOLYHICO Posts: 75
2/1/13 2:09 P

i have reached a point where i think i just need to accept that i am stuck with a less than ideal waist to hip ratio

i am 35yrs old, 5'5", 134lbs, medium frame, farly athletic build
my waist is 29" (navel 30") and hips 35"

i have in fact lost a 1/2inch off of my hips in the last couple of weeks while maintaining my weight ( i wondered why all of my underwear keep falling down)
if i go below 133-132 lbs i start to look to thin even to myself (everyone else already thinks i am too thin)

i am worried that i have become too critical of my body...

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