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5'7 and 130 lbs is chubby? REALLY?


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A STORY -  I have been maintaining at 125 lbs for a couple of years now but have recently got up to 130 lbs (holiday goodies, damn them). I had my annual female exam and my doc mentioned that according to my chart I have gained weight since last year and I should really watch it as at my age it is not good to be chubby. (I'm 39). So now I am chubby and old. LOL. I mentioned that 130 lbs is still on low end of BMI but she said that as I have a small frame the extra weight doesn't help me any........sigh....  shuffles of in walker while dragging enormous bottom......

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In this case I'd suggest that perhaps your doctor is less than educated on the subject...do you feel unhealthy?  Is your doctor perhaps underweight and has the illusion that that is healthy?  So many possiblities...

Maybe the doctor was more concerned with the fact that your weight was increasing rather than what the current level was. Perhaps just wanted to make sure you didn't just keep on adding.....

But really, 130lb at 5'7 small frame? Definitely at the low end of the range. Ridiculous if she is saying there is a problem NOW. Some people.....

id get a new new doctor, im 5'4 and i think 130 is even sort of low for my height!

doesnt sound rt, maybe u didnt hear him say some part? idk, get a new doc!

Get a new doctor...

Or as furrybelly said, perhaps she was more concerned because of the speed or amount of weight you gained, not by your actual weight of 130 -- even on those stupid old insurance actuarial tables 5'7" and 130 would be considered at the low end.

However -- if you left her office thinking you were chubby, don't go back there.

I had a doctor tell me and my 13 year old son to, "just stop eating, then" (yep, that was the quote.) Doesn't mattr what she meant -- it was inappropriate coming from her and during an office visit.  I never went back, refused to let my son be seen by her (which in the military system is quite the trick).

My son was overweight, but not obese; I was neither.

When I went from ~130 to ~140 at 5'7 over the course of two years (from age 17 to 19), my doctor essentially said to me, "This is an upward trend that shouldn't continue. Watch what you eat and exercise." 

But, you know, I was perfectly healthy and exercising and eating well and I wasn't anywhere close to overweight. She, on the other hand...

I dunno. It bothered me a lot at the time, but I think many primary care physicians just have so many patients and so little time that there's a really big disconnect and they don't know anything about you other than the squiggly line on a weight graph. I knew I was healthy and that's what mattered.

I haven't been back to that doctor since, but I've lost a few pounds...wonder if she'd say to me, "This is a downward trend that shouldn't continue." I mean, if I lose 30 more pounds I'll be incredible unhealthy...=p

Original Post by secondmouse:

I dunno. It bothered me a lot at the time, but I think many primary care physicians just have so many patients and so little time that there's a really big disconnect and they don't know anything about you other than the squiggly line on a weight graph. I knew I was healthy and that's what mattered.

I haven't been back to that doctor since, but I've lost a few pounds...wonder if she'd say to me, "This is a downward trend that shouldn't continue." I mean, if I lose 30 more pounds I'll be incredible unhealthy...=p

 Even doctors can be incorrect with medical advice, diagnosis, and this seems to be the case and should be a huge red flag for you!

  I find it odd she zoned in on your weight which is fine, yet you were there for a female annual visit.  I honestly would fire your doctor.  Remember your health is important and its not wise to see a doctor who obviously gives wrong medical advice such as your weight! 

I'm 15lbs more than you and 5'4 1/2" and my doctors said I am at a wonderful weight...plus I feel good and healthy:)   Of course I needed to gain because I was anorexic and 80lbs.  So, that should put your situation in perspective. 

Good luck and get a new doctor.

Yet another thread alluding to the incompetence of many doctors out there. Disturbing. Utterly disturbing. 5'7'' and 130 chubby? Not on your life.

5'7" and 130 isn't chubby. but i wish my doctor had said something earlier when i was gaining weight.

Original Post by secondmouse:

When I went from ~130 to ~140 at 5'7 over the course of two years (from age 17 to 19), my doctor essentially said to me, "This is an upward trend that shouldn't continue. Watch what you eat and exercise." 

But, you know, I was perfectly healthy and exercising and eating well and I wasn't anywhere close to overweight. She, on the other hand...

I dunno. It bothered me a lot at the time, but I think many primary care physicians just have so many patients and so little time that there's a really big disconnect and they don't know anything about you other than the squiggly line on a weight graph. I knew I was healthy and that's what mattered.

I haven't been back to that doctor since, but I've lost a few pounds...wonder if she'd say to me, "This is a downward trend that shouldn't continue." I mean, if I lose 30 more pounds I'll be incredible unhealthy...=p

i think you're making a lot more assumptions about the doctor than the doctor made about you.

Are you kidding?  At 5'7" that seems low weight, to me. 

If 130 is chubby for 5'7", then me being 140 must mean I'm obese!

Original Post by pgeorgian:

Original Post by secondmouse:

When I went from ~130 to ~140 at 5'7 over the course of two years (from age 17 to 19), my doctor essentially said to me, "This is an upward trend that shouldn't continue. Watch what you eat and exercise." 

But, you know, I was perfectly healthy and exercising and eating well and I wasn't anywhere close to overweight. She, on the other hand...

I dunno. It bothered me a lot at the time, but I think many primary care physicians just have so many patients and so little time that there's a really big disconnect and they don't know anything about you other than the squiggly line on a weight graph. I knew I was healthy and that's what mattered.

I haven't been back to that doctor since, but I've lost a few pounds...wonder if she'd say to me, "This is a downward trend that shouldn't continue." I mean, if I lose 30 more pounds I'll be incredible unhealthy...=p

i think you're making a lot more assumptions about the doctor than the doctor made about you.

Well, like I said, I stopped going to her. I wasn't making excuses for her; I was trying to explain to myself how I could be a healthy weight yet get such bad advice from her. 

Original Post by galena:

A STORY -  I have been maintaining at 125 lbs for a couple of years now but have recently got up to 130 lbs (holiday goodies, damn them). I had my annual female exam and my doc mentioned that according to my chart I have gained weight since last year and I should really watch it as at my age it is not good to be chubby. (I'm 39). So now I am chubby and old. LOL. I mentioned that 130 lbs is still on low end of BMI but she said that as I have a small frame the extra weight doesn't help me any........sigh....  shuffles of in walker while dragging enormous bottom......

Grrr!! Doctors like this make me so angry!! I'm your height, and 2 years older (I use my toddler's pram as a zimmer/walker - it's great!! Wink) And several weeks back, I fainted due to years and years of under eating, and at 103 lbs, the on-call doctor I went to said I was 'just naturally thin' and not to worry, and perhaps I'd been over doing things...  You're nowhere near chubby. Change doctors!

Original Post by pgeorgian:

Original Post by secondmouse:

When I went from ~130 to ~140 at 5'7 over the course of two years (from age 17 to 19), my doctor essentially said to me, "This is an upward trend that shouldn't continue. Watch what you eat and exercise." 

But, you know, I was perfectly healthy and exercising and eating well and I wasn't anywhere close to overweight. She, on the other hand...

I dunno. It bothered me a lot at the time, but I think many primary care physicians just have so many patients and so little time that there's a really big disconnect and they don't know anything about you other than the squiggly line on a weight graph. I knew I was healthy and that's what mattered.

I haven't been back to that doctor since, but I've lost a few pounds...wonder if she'd say to me, "This is a downward trend that shouldn't continue." I mean, if I lose 30 more pounds I'll be incredible unhealthy...=p

i think you're making a lot more assumptions about the doctor than the doctor made about you.

 You (pgeorgian) need to re-read the OP...you are missing the whole point of her post...as she is stating what her doctor said...not what she thinks she heard. 

Original Post by dancerqueen1:

Original Post by pgeorgian:

Original Post by secondmouse:

When I went from ~130 to ~140 at 5'7 over the course of two years (from age 17 to 19), my doctor essentially said to me, "This is an upward trend that shouldn't continue. Watch what you eat and exercise." 

But, you know, I was perfectly healthy and exercising and eating well and I wasn't anywhere close to overweight. She, on the other hand...

I dunno. It bothered me a lot at the time, but I think many primary care physicians just have so many patients and so little time that there's a really big disconnect and they don't know anything about you other than the squiggly line on a weight graph. I knew I was healthy and that's what mattered.

I haven't been back to that doctor since, but I've lost a few pounds...wonder if she'd say to me, "This is a downward trend that shouldn't continue." I mean, if I lose 30 more pounds I'll be incredible unhealthy...=p

i think you're making a lot more assumptions about the doctor than the doctor made about you.

 You (pgeorgian) need to re-read the OP...you are missing the whole point of her post...as she is stating what her doctor said...not what she thinks she heard. 

i (pgeorgian) wasn't responding to the OP in this particular post. was i?

edit: just in case you (dancerqueen1) don't know that OP refers to original poster, as in the person who started the thread, i'll clarify my response to this particular post.

the doctor noted that she'd gained 10 pounds in two years and said that this was a trend that shouldn't continue. that seems like a sound observation. i have no idea how old secondmouse is now, but if she continued to gain 5 pounds a year, that's 55 pounds, for a total of 195, by the time she turns 30.

i don't think it's unreasonable for a doctor--of any size and shape--to warn against that.

I don't necessarily think he was calling you chubby. I think he was just meaning if you continue to gain weight, you will be eventually. There's NO way 130 pounds at 5'7 is even slightly chubby! Lol. Smile

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