After reading alot of this, I had to put in my two cents worth.
I agree with the person that said once you have been overweight you tend to always view yourself that way. Or least I do and never think twice about talking in front of anyone about losing the last 5-10lbs. But, seeing others point of view on here has opened my eyes.
It probably is annoying to some of my friends who are trying to lose a great amount of weight, listen to me rattle on about my last few to go. I never even thought about it before. I am going to try and make an effort to be more sensitive to others feelings.
I do think that it does get harder the closer you get to your goal. I have lost alot of weight and now down to last few can't seem to move the weight off as easy and it's very frustrating. Knowing what I have already accomplished, its only human to wine and complain about it.
Plus, like nerv said, we are all in this together. Even if your skinny, fat or whatever, it's about being healthy and being happy with ourselves.
Also, I am no better than anyone else. I have done it myself-
Me and a friend were out one night dancing and we ended up complaining about the young, skinny, cute ladies, that we had to share the dance floor with. So, no matter what your weight (cause I am not fat) you always see something greener in the other pasture (so to speak)
I experienced something similar the other day. This woman started at 230lbs and is now 131lbs. She was complaining about not meeting her goal weight this week. She only has one more lb to lose and it made me really angry. I felt that she was being ungrateful and silly. She's lost 99lbs, is a healthy BMI and body fat (judging by her photo) yet she is crying over 1lb. I just couldn't understand why. I can understand that slim people can be disatisfied with their bodies, but it can never be on the same level as when we overweight are unhappy. Slim people can have a wide variety of clothes, are not judged as being unhealthy, etc.
Yes- I am on the higher end of a healthy BMI for my height. By no means do I look overweight, however I am out of shape and would like to get fit and get to my most comfortable weight--about 20-30lbs less than I weight now. Its difficult for me because I have a demanding job (lack of time) and a bit of a lazy-gene, plus I am pretty passionate about food.
I do feel awkward talking to friends about this issue who are significantly overweight because they must think that I'm really vain (thin trying to be thinner), but it is all about your personal preferences and what your "comfortable" weight is----for some people its curvy and what would be considered slightly overweight, for some its super-slim, and everything in between. I think that healthy and in-shape is the most important factor to consider, and that's something that the BMI calculations don't take into consideration (and also muscle mass/% body fat).