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Beer Belly Denial

26 February, 2008

“British people perceive themselves to be much slimmer around the waist than they really are, research shows. Experts fear that by failing to recognise their increasing girth some people may be missing a key warning sign of developing type 2 diabetes.

The University of Leicester study found men under-estimated their waist size by an average of 3.1 inches (7.9cm), women by an average of 2.2 inches (5.5cm).” the BBC report today.

I’m not suprised, most men are in denial about their weight, they delude themselves by giving themselves descriptions like “Rugged” and “Rugby Type” when they mean overweight and hairy. This is more prevalent on dating adverts and websites. Average is the new by word for slightly overweight. If you don’t have a beer belly then you can legitemately claim to be slim.

Their waist size is not the same as the waist size of their jeans as most men these days seem to wear their jeans around their backsides showing copious amounts of Calvin Klein clad butt cheek, they now buy jeans that fit their hip measurement instead. I’m sure the majority would get a shock if they bought a true waist size.

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If you want to be “slim” then loose weight, don’t buy bigger jeans to make yourself look slimmer! It’s the age old story, some guys can’t be bothered to take exercise other than to move their hands to their mouths with either food or drink.

I’m reminded of a scene from Absolutely Fabulous, Eddie and Saffy are arguing over Eddie’s apparent lack of weight loss.

“It’s simple” says Saffy “all you have to do is eat less and exercise more!”

Eddie snorts “Sweetie darling, if it were that simple everyone would be doing it!”

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