I'm still shrinking!

United States
January 9, 2013 1:59pm CST
I've been skinny my whole life, but lately I've been getting even thinner. Last year, during the worst part of my depression, I had next to no appetite. I lost maybe 10-15 pounds, and when I was admitted into the hospital I weighed 113 (I'm 5'7'' for reference... ). When I started school again last fall I decided to get into a ballet I class which I really enjoyed! But I noticed when I went to the doctor's that I was still 113, even though the worst part of my depression was over and my appetite was back. The doctor didn't seem concerned about it, he seemed to think that I was looking much better. I'm not someone who weighs them self that often, so I hardly ever know exactly what I weigh but I went shopping for new jeans just before Christmas, and the 4s were too big. I went for the 2s. For Christmas, my Mom wanted the Wii-Fit so we got it for her. She's asked me to help keep her accountable to using it, so I've been playing it with her. And the Wii-Fit told me I weighed 104, that I was underweight and for my height I should weigh around 140. HA!!! I've never weighed 140 in my life! I'm pretty sure the weight loss is just due to me being more active, what with ballet (which I looooove) and all. I don't think there's anything wrong with my thyroid or anything. I've had people telling me that I'm too skinny my whole life, and some of them get downright nasty when they say "Eat a donut!" I made a whole discussion about it once. People keep telling me that it's unhealthy to be so skinny, but I don't feel unhealthy. I feel the most physically fit I've ever been in my life. It's gotten me thinking, what do the almighty body charts that say who's too thin really know? My doctor's certainly never told me to gain weight. I like being the size that I am. I'm willowly and light on my feet. I like squeezing through tight spaces and calling it my "incredible feat of skinny." I don't want to lose anymore weight, but I don't see why I should try gaining any. Besides, come fiften years after I have a kid or two... I'll probably gain it without any extra effort, right?
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6 responses
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
9 Jan 13
Okay, this is going to be hard to reply to....My goodness, I forgot about your "skinny" problem, but as long as your doctor thinks you are fine, then embrace it, because many women would love to have your "problem" myself included... My son, I don't know how much he weights, but he is just over 6 feet tall and really skinny, and he eats a lot of junk fat, all that greasy fattening food and still doesn't gain weight. I think you and my son just have a fast metabolism, everything you eat, gets burn up quickly..
• United States
9 Jan 13
I know I shouldn't complain. If I have to have problems in this world... I think I'd rather have my problem. Still, it's kind of hard to feel happy with myself when there are lots of people who seem like they don't want me to be happy about it. And the WiiFit gets super condescending. Every time I log on, it's like *wonky music* "That's UNDERWEIGHT!" But I try not to take it too seriously. It's a video game... what does it know? I really don't eat a lot of junk food anymore. I like eating healthy because when I do I feel stronger and have so much more energy. After eating healthy for awhile, junk food doesn't taste as good to me anymore. Anyway, thanks for replying even though it was hard for you. I'll try not to let negative people get me down. I like myself the size that I am.
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• United States
9 Jan 13
That's a good attitude, don't let anyone get you down for how you look, everyone is different..
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• United States
10 Jan 13
I'd just enjoy it while it lasts. No matter whether your skinny or over wieght people are going to have something to say. Before I had my kids, I was quite thin. I only stand at 5'2 on a good day. Most days its closer to 5'1 but I like to give myself a little extra inch. I went about 101. When I got married at 22 my wedding dress was a size 3. Everyone said I was to thin and need to put on a little weight. Well I got preg. with my son and developed a thyroid problem and boy did I put on weight. It was really hard for me to get use to the extra weight having been thin my whole life. Then everyone said oh my you really could stand to lose a few pounds. All I could think was first you tell me to gain and I did now you what me to lose. I swear people are never happy. I will say that I lost most of the weight and am only about 5lbs over what I was when I had my son.
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• United States
10 Jan 13
Wow, you must've felt like you couldn't win! I guess you're right about people never being happy. Everyone's got some not so constructive criticism to offer. I think what's important is that you are healthy and happy with yourself.
• Philippines
10 Jan 13
Hi allyoftherain, I guess, as long as you are comfortable with your body, then there should be no problem. You are so tall! 5'7! Wow, I wish I could have some of your height I'm only 5 feet. Flat. Haha. Just as long as you eat healthy and you don't get sick, it's okay to be skinny
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• United States
12 Jan 13
I'll tell you a secret... I actually wish I was shorter. I don't like towering over people all the time. So if I could give you some of my height, I would. But I can't... so I'll just have to live with it.
• Philippines
13 Jan 13
Hehe, wouldn't it be nice if we can share what we have to other people. I mean the impossible things like sharing our height, our weight, talent, etc.. Haha but then if that is the case, I wouldn't know what to share other people because it seems that I don't have any excesses in my body. I lack in some things but I have no excess that I could share You could be a model with your height!
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• United States
14 Jan 13
So I'm told, but I doubt they'd like my face. If I could give away excess in myself, I'd give away height and maybe some of my nose. Other than that, there's not much to me.
@edvc77 (2143)
• Philippines
10 Jan 13
If you think you need to gain weight you should for it is better for you. Ask the advice of your doctor and your parents. They know what is good for you. You have to take care of yourself. Some people are thin yet healthy and some are fat yet sickly. You know what I mean is you must be healthy in mind and in body. God Bless
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• United States
12 Jan 13
That's the thing though, lots of people say it's better for me to gain weight... but is it really? I feel healthy and happy now. I eat good portions of healthy food, and I'm active. I think I take great care of myself, and I like my weight just the way it is.
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
10 Jan 13
The most important thing is that your doctor has told you that you are healthy despite your small frame. Some people are just the way as you are. SO don't worry about it.
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• United States
10 Jan 13
Thanks! I wish everyone could think the way you do. That's what I'll tell the next person who tells me to eat a sandwich.
@ZoeJoy (1395)
• United States
10 Jan 13
I have the opposite problem, I finally got down to 140 which is just above my ideal weight. So, I am working hard to lose weight. In your case, as in mine, it is important to eat healthy. So, do NOT eat a donut to put on weight. Eat a granola bar or a health bar or something healthy. My mother-in-law could not keep on her weight. She was quite thin, so she drank energy drinks. I think they were like those breakfast drinks. They gave her the calories and nutrients that she needed. And she drank those energy drinks - They were like chocolate shake drinks - when she felt like she needed some energy but didn't feel like eating. Perhaps you could talk to your doctor about energy drinks or vitamin drinks from a health store, if you feel that you need to put on a few more pounds. But if your doctor is not concerned and you feel that you have lots of energy, I guess if I were you, I would not be that concerned.
• United States
10 Jan 13
When people would tell me to eat junk food because I looked "skinny and unhealthy," I'd roll my eyes. As if eating a donut is how I'm going to get healthy! I've been a pretty healthy eater the past few years. I hardly ever eat junk food. I really don't want to gain weight just for the sake of gaining weight. I feel healthy and energetic as is, and my doctor's never been concerned about it... so I don't want to. If there was some reason I needed to gain weight (though I can't think of one except for getting pregnant, and my current plan is not to do that for awhile) then that's the route I would take. Thanks for that.