Double Chin Dilemma
I eat relatively healthy and overall I’m in decent shape. I work out at least 5 times a week at a moderate intensity for an hour at a time. My BMI is low, I weigh 115 (on a ‘good’ day – 120 on a ‘bad’ day) and people often comment on how I’m lucky to be ‘so skinny’. But the truth of the matter is that I’m NOT skinny. Granted I am small-ISH, but I am no model fit to be seen in a bikini. I’m tired of people thinking that because I happen to be smaller than them that I can automatically be grouped into the “skinny” category. The reality is that there are fat skinny people, which is just as bad – if not worse – than being straight out fat. A fat skinny person, like me, appears small due to their frame but this person still has much more fat on their body than is needed. What people don’t seem to realize is that it’s just as difficult for the fat skinny person to be happy with their body as it is for the morbidly obese person to be. We fat skinny people get laughed at if we complain about our bodies because with our clothes on the untrained eye doesn’t see anything to complain about, but believe me if you saw us naked you would understand. I’m tired of not being taken seriously. It may be easier for us to hide our problems, but those problems are still there and they are just as real as anyone else’s.
While it’s true that at a first glance you would surely call me skinny, I can guarantee that if I were to lift up my shirt you would change your mind. Because what you would see there would be the reality of my life: unsightly love handles that spill out of the sides of my jeans and make me want to run and hide. It’s amazing what clothes can do to cover up the sad truth. While I despise my stubborn love handles more than I do Lindsay Lohan, what’s most upsetting of all is the double chin. It’s not an enormous double chin and I doubt that anyone would even consider me to have one, but when the conditions are right (or wrong) I can see it peeking out from under my face. It has to be in the right light and at the right angle, but it’s there. Spotting this on myself has made me obsessed with looking at other peoples chins to see if they too have this problem. Thankfully I have noticed quite a few ‘small’ people suffering from the same phenomenon, including several movie stars. There are certain times when 2 of my favorite actresses – Kirsten Dunst and Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica) – appear to have a hint of the cursed double chin. It may be terrible, but this makes me feel a little bit better. Now please keep in mind that I’m not talking about full-blown nasty, make you want to vomit double chins. I’m simply talking about small hints of a little bit of loose extra skin.
Now how can it be that these double chins appear in even those who are not overweight by standards? The odd thing is that I notice many seriously obese people who do not have a double chin. Is this just a cruel trick played by genetics? Is there are any hope for us double chins to obtain a face free of extra skin – without subjecting ourselves to the disgusting world of plastic surgery? Do chin exercises really work? I mean seriously – do you personally know anyone who can verify that chin exercises have made a difference for them? I see a lot of baloney on the web claiming that if you do such and such 10 times a day that you’re chin will shrink in size. But for some reason I’m not buying it.
Until I figure out a better solution I’ll continue walking around with not only my gut sucked in, but also with my chin tucked in.
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