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In the past month, I have met someone, and I’m not going to say who it is or their relationship to me but just someone new, and this person asked me how much I weigh. They asked this supposedly because they were intrigued by how petite I am. I told them that I am 5’3 and weigh about 95 lbs. They responded with, “What??? Oh whatever, shut up!” and I’m like, “No really I am,” and they were like, “No way, more like 70 lbs.” They really thought I was lying. Wtf? Now I understand this person was probably exaggerating by saying I looked like I was 70 lbs, but I don’t understand how they can think I’m lying. And what the sad thing is, it’s not an uncommon response I get when I reveal to people my weight. They simply don’t believe me and they think I weigh less than what say I do. Some other people, though, are easy to guess my weight right on, and that happens often too. Personally when I look in the mirror, I think I look about 95 lbs. If I were someone else seeing me walking down the street, I wouldn’t second guess me weighing anything less than 90-95.

So what is up with the people who are nonbelievers? Are they just bad at analyzing height/weight proportions, or are their views distorted somehow as a result of society’s obsession with weight and scrutinizing thinness?