Normal Weight Body Issues

Susan Anderson

by Susan Anderson | July 10, 2012 @ 09:00AM

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Let me start out by saying that many of you are going to think that I’m a little crazy and that perhaps I have a mild case of body dysmorphic disorder. But I feel I have a legitimate concern. Let me explain:

About eight weeks ago, I started a new fitness and diet routine -- calorie counting, 3-4 visits to the gym weekly -- the whole 9 yards. After a month, nothing was happening. I had not lost a single ounce, so I decided to ask my physician about my weight. I shared with her how I wanted to lose about 10 pounds. She punched a few buttons in her handy-dandy computer, and announced I was of normal weight and it is unlikely that I will be able to lose any weight and maintain the weight loss.

"I had not lost a single ounce, so I decided to ask my physician about my weight."




Just over 36% of Americans are of normal weight. Normal weight is determined by a person’s Body Mass Index (BMI) and height when compared to weight. For adults, the ideal BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9. I am a 35-year-old woman with a BMI of about 22, and I weigh 140 lbs. I’m considered to be at a normal weight.

She explained given my age, 35, and being in child-bearing years, the extra cushion around my
midsection was normal, and it was going to be stubborn. Crap. I eagerly let her know that I was 115
pounds in my early 20s, to which she replied that I was probably under weight. But it didn’t matter; she
had the same opinion. She said I could tone up with exercise, but any sustainable weight loss would be
extremely difficult to achieve. I’m all for hitting the gym and pulling my own weight (pun intended) to
achieve results, but there’s just one little problem area that never seems to respond: my pooch tummy.
I’ve had it as long as I can remember, and I’ve always been insecure about it -- at 5, 15, and 25 -- and still at 35 years old. I’ve had personal trainers, rigid cardio routines, and the pooch never wavers. My mother has the same body-type. This is a hereditary issue, not a weight issue.

So what’s a girl to do? It seems that the most viable course of action is to consult with a cosmetic
surgeon if I really want to eliminate it. My options would be to consider abdominal liposculpture
(liposuction) or CoolScuplting. Abdominal liposculpture surgically re-contours the body to permanently
remove the fat deposits from the abdomen. Coolsculpting is a one hour treatment that uses a targeted
cooling process to freeze fat cells after which they die and the body eliminates. Both have inherent
benefits but vastly different approaches. I have some thinking to do.


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