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Broad rib cage/ thicker waist?

I went shopping for a wedding dress recently. I have broader shoulders so I knew something that fit my hips would not fit on top. They told me that I had an extremely broad rib cage. Does this factor into waist size at all? My waist is thicker (29 in) and not in proportion to anywhere on my body. Even when I got to a low weight (105 lbs at 5'5") my waist was still at least 17 inches.
I am so sick of hearing how bad it is for your health to have a thick waist!
Anyone have this problem?

Mon. Feb 12, 7:28pm

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yes, yes i do have a thicker waist. it makes me feel fat every day.

Monday, February 12, 2007, 7:30 PM

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whoops i meant 27 inches above ***

Monday, February 12, 2007, 7:36 PM

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well how "thick" is you waist? are you an apple shape or a pear that happens to be bigger? it is not unhealthy to have a "thick" waist as long as your waist to hip ratio is under .8 and you are active.

Monday, February 12, 2007, 9:01 PM

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Oh, my WHR is .78 so I guess I'm all right.

Monday, February 12, 2007, 9:37 PM

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How narrow your waist can be depends on bone size, and how much space there is between your last/lowest rib, and your hip bone. If you have less than 3" there, you will likely always have a broader waist. Myself, I cannot get lower than a 29" waist and I am 5'6.

Monday, February 12, 2007, 10:31 PM

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Okay that is really interesting, I never heard that before. I am pretty thick from front to back and a thick ribcage. I have always had very little waist definition, even at my smallest of 135 pounds and wearing a size 3/4 my waist was only 2 inches smaller then my hips. I am shaped like a guy, lol.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007, 12:27 AM

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Thanks, yes, my from the bottom of my ribcage to my hipbone I have less than 3".

Tuesday, February 13, 2007, 3:20 PM

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I have never heard anything that excited me more! I have always wondered what my problem was that I could not get my waist smaller and get things to even out... and I have less than 3" and I'm 5'8" my waist is under 29" but my hips are 37" and anyway my hips are getting smaller by my waist isn't moving all that much and this just makes me feel a bit better. Thanks.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007, 3:41 PM

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My rib cage is broad too and I've got less than 3" between as well (meaning short torso!). As a result, even when I'm at my skinniest I've got that straight-lined look (no hourglass figure for me!).

Don't worry about your waist being too thick. It's ab fat that's the "unhealthy" concern. Your waist to hip ratio is right where it should be.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007, 6:31 PM

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I am glad to know I am not the only one. I've always wanted to do modeling, but my waist has always been 29'' even know I am slender. I have less than 2 inches from my rib cage and hip bone, I have no waist!

Friday, June 15, 2007, 1:26 PM

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