I went into my doctor the other day for an ailment but as standard procedure, they weighed me. I stepped onto the scales and hit it at 108. I am 5'3". The nurse took my blood pressure and nothing else was said.
I got into the room and a few minutes later the Nurse Practitioner arrived. One of the first things she said was that my chart indicated that I'd been there in January and my weight at that time was recorded at 112. She said "you're down another 4 pounds."
I'm not sure if my doctor noted my chart back in January and this lady (FNP) caught it or what the deal is, but we had a 5 minute discussion on whether or not I was eating enough. I assured the FNP that I could outeat her given an appropriate meal.
Today I'm looking at a BMI chart.
I'm over on the left-hand side but not considered "underweight". I'll be the first to admit that since my divorce my eating habits have changed dramatically (less red meat, more veggies, more soy, smaller portions) but I see this as a change for the positive, not the negative. What gives? Why are these people so convinced that I have an eating disorder or don't eat at all (this isn't the first time I've had someone make comments about how "skinny" I am)? Have we become a nation so consumed with weight in general that anybody who exercises and eats right is scrutinized just like those who are considered "obese"?