funny thing for me is that I tend to gain in my belly, nearly instantly, and it feels like it is in the way, waist bands are noticed even if they are tight yet. In other words I can feel things touching me around the waist when I am carrying anything extra. I tend to lose there first as well, but that takes me some time to notice.
But I was thinking more about when she said she had been eating so badly. When I overeat, or even binge, it is rarely as bad as I thought it was if I take the time to track it.