While studies like the new NHANES analysis published in Lancet (discussed here in MedPage Today) lament the explosion of obesity, predicting that 50% of adults will be obese by 2030 (meaning BMI greater than 30), the conversation I have in my office more and more is:

“Am I too thin?”

My answer: “No, Cynthia, you are not too thin. You are normal, you are just right, and you look great. The problem is that your neighbors, family, and friends are all fat. You just look too thin compared to all the fat people around you. If this was 1951, you would fit in just perfectly with all the thin people. It’s everybody else who wouldn’t fit in because they’re too fat.”

The national advice to eat more “healthy whole grains” has created an obesity crisis of epic proportions. I’m sure as this study gets publicity, the USDA’s response will be something like “Americans need to get more exercise, cut their calories and fatty foods, and eat more healthy whole grains.”

So bask in your thinness and ignore the misguided or jealous comments. Don’t say it out loud, just say to yourself the next time somebody asks whether you’re sick or says you’re too thin: “No, I’m normal; you’re fat,” and simply go on not eating “healthy whole grains.”