I've noticed from the time I joined the U.S. Army. Way back in 1999 I realized that as I started to climb the ranks or earned more income, I began to gain more weight as well. I started off my career as an E-2 weighing 144 pounds and 69" in height. After basic training I weighed about 150 pounds. I got promoted in South Korea, and I was really working out hard. I got my weight to 165 pounds. A few years later I was promoted to E4, and topped the scales at 175. I also grew an inch and was now 70" tall.
After I got out of the Army I stayed around 175 pounds. I was going to school, and working part time. My income was nearly the same as it was after leaving the military. Then I got hired in 2008 as a civilian for the Air Force. Every year for the last 3 years I have been promoted. Every year I have gained 10 pounds. I started off as a GS-7 weighing 175. Then got promoted to a GS-9 I grew to weigh 185. GS-11...195. GS-12...205.
I promise I wasn't doing this on purpose, but there seems to be a direct correlation between earning more, and weighing more. Obviously gaining weight isn't magic. It isn't like I just pop on the pounds as soon as my paycheck increases. It takes time. One of my co-workers said something pretty funny (not to him, however he did end up losing a ton of weight). They went to a bar and the bartender asked him for some ID. His co-worker said, "You can't get that fat by age 21."
It used to be that the community would be there to help people out. I remember that people used to criticize people who were overweight. Those days are over. I do remember my mom telling me a story about me when I was little. She said I saw a really large gentleman. Me being the type of person that can't keep his mouth shut, I said to my mom. Look at that guy...he is really...STRONG!
The guy apparently laughed a good while as both he and my mother was expecting a different word. Words are very interesting...choose wisely!