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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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I have always had a really large rib cage, but my waist has always been small - 25". I think that the thing is the waist forms below the lower ribs, so even a large rib cage can have a small waist

Friday, June 15, 2007, 3:22 PM

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dr. oz says that our waist size should be equal to or less than half of our height (in inches)

so, if you're 5'6" (66') your waist should be 33" or less

Friday, June 15, 2007, 3:52 PM

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no jeans fit

I read the comments about the thick waist. notsure where i'm supposed to measure. If I measure right at my belly button its 36 inches sitting and 33 inches standing. I can't find jeans that I can breathe in sitting down that don't nearly fall off when I stand up. Anyone else have this problem?

Friday, April 18, 2008, 10:54 PM

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Short-waisted, Pants/Jeans?

Hi, I just stumbled upon this thread and thought, wow, finally others like me! I never realized I was 'short-waisted' before until I saw the 3" rule, which of course applies to me.

I have a terrible trying to find pants/jeans that fit. I'm 5'7", 145lbs, my waist is 29 and my hips are 36. both vary by a half of an inch based on when I measure and the fact that I never know if I'm measuring correctly :)

So my question is, have any of you with similar body structure found pants and/or jeans that fit really well?

Saturday, May 17, 2008, 4:05 PM

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re: jeans/pants

pants with a lower rise or a boy cut, tend to have less of a "waist". especially not that shirts are long again a lower rise jean does not have to mean your stomach is exposed at all!

Saturday, May 17, 2008, 4:24 PM

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I have the same issue with jeans. The only jeans that work well for me..short waist.. Silver Jeans. You can find them at Maurice s (chain stores) in your area or on line. I love the variation of styles and you can get legnth and waist sizes in what fits you best! Twisted and Tuesdays are my two favorites!! LOVE them..although if no on sale they can be a bit pricy....89-120 dollars. I have found tons on eBay....Craigslist and in local good will stores! Good luck my short torso big ribbed friends...happy jean shopping.


Monday, June 04, 2012, 10:19 PM

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yess!! I'm a swimmer and have a very big rib cage (and big shoulder and back muscles), but my torso is so short that my hips actually touch my ribs even when I'm standing. It is the worst thing in the world because my stomach, which is already so short, is where basically all of my fat is stored! It's so unflattering, because I will never be able to have a waist or good-looking torso! And don't get me wrong... I'm fit. I lift weights for about 30 min every other day (I'm benching about half my weight now and improving quickly) and swim INTENSELY on a team for 2-2.5 hrs six days a week. I also eat very healthy and I'm a vegetarian. BUT NO MATTER WHAT I DO, I STILL HAVE THIS FAT ON MY STOMACH AND HAVE NO WAIST SINCE MY RIBS AND HIPS TOUCH. :'( I know I will never ever ever be even close to okay with this.

Friday, October 26, 2012, 10:59 PM

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Sounds like finding the right fit in denim is pretty much a universal struggle. Having specific measurements can definitely make shopping a challenge. For anyone dealing with the same issue, especially women looking for a versatile option, a women's denim romper might be a good pick. It's forgiving on proportions and super trendy too. You can check out some cool options here . Might find something that you don't have to wrestle with when you switch from standing to sitting!


Saturday, December 16, 2023, 11:42 PM

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