EUGENE, Ore. - When you hear the word "obese," you probably think, "Well, not me."
At least that's what I've been telling myself, but it was my annual physical that made me open my eyes and ears a bit bigger.
Growing up, I was a skinny kid. I never battled a weight problem until I moved out of my parents' house.
Fast-forward to my adult life, and I've been a yo-yo with my weight ever since.
So it was no surprise that my doctor brought up my weight gain at my annual physical. I hopped on the scale and 243 pounds popped right back at me.
I was in shock.
"If you maintain this weight right now for the rest of your life you have an almost 100 percent chance of developing diabetes in your lifetime," Dr. Chris Bolz told me. "By all definitions, you are obese."
Dr. Bolz didn't stop there. He brought up trunkal obesity, which in the long run can lead to severe heart disease.
"A good rule of thumb is if this waistline is bigger than your hips, that is by definition trunkal obesity," he said.
I took off my shirt for the doctor - and for the camera.
"OK, we have you at 48 inches," Bolz said after measuring my waist. "Your hips are only 46 inches, so you by definition have trunkal obesity. Your hips should be bigger than your waist."
Bottom line: I have to lose weight; 53 pounds, to be exact.
Changing my diet is a start, along with exercise. Not to yo-yo, but for good.
"You're talking about your health," Dr. Bolz said. "This is your one shot. You have one life to live, and this is your one shot."
Watching me forecast the weather on KVAL News, most of you would never imagine that I was 50 lbs overweight and by definintion obese.
So I'm bringing you my story because you might be looking in the mirror and saying, "Well, I might be obese, too."
Go to your doctor and find out about your weight, because like Dr. Bolz said: the earlier you fix it, the more likely you are to save yourself a lot of problems down the road.
Watch KVAL 13 TV News on Wednesday nights this month to learn more about the life changes Seth is making to take off - and keep off - the weight. You can join the discussion on KVAL.com or on Seth Wayne's Facebook page.