This started off as a comment on this post, but then I realized that it was not really that related and also excessively long. So!
I'm somewhere between 5'4" and 5'5", depending on who you ask. I'm not skinny.
When I was 17 my mom tricked me into getting out of the car and coming into the office during my little brother's checkup, and when I got inside, there was HepB shot waiting for me. Then my pediatrician (whom I had refused to visit since his attempt to bring up safe sex 5 years earlier) took me aside and told me that really, I could stand to lose five, maybe ten pounds. Just something to think about before my weight got out of hand.
At the time, I wore a size 6.
Since that time (with the exception of my pregnancy, when they all laid off a little bit) every doctor I've been to for any reason has told me that I need to lose weight. And yeah, I'd like to lose 10lbs. Sure. But at my last annual exam my gyno (a new one) told me that I should probably lose 25-30. And I don't want to point fingers here but it is a FACT that she was heavier than me.
What. The. Fuck.
First of all, I'm totally healthy. I have low blood pressure and low cholesterol and I exercise regularly and I eat my veggies and blah dee blah blah.
Second of all, dear readers: a lot of you have met me, and even if you haven't I post current pictures of myself on a fairly regular basis. I AM NOT FAT. I'm not delusional. I'm not looking at myself in a fun house mirror. Yeah, I'm not rail thin; in fact, I'm not thin at all. I'm just not fat. Fuck that.
So what am I? Well I do weigh a lot for my size. I think I'm more muscular than most girls, based on the fact that I'm significantly stronger than most girls. True fact: I weigh more than you would guess.
I just don't understand why you (medical professional) can't take your eyes off of the chart for the way things are supposed to be, look at the healthy, comfortable person in front of you, and chill the fuck out.
Because even though I've worked hard to be comfortable in my own skin? That sting gets harder and harder to laugh off.