Suse, we are all born with a shape and your smay be like mine -- rectangular (as opposed to pear or apple). My natural waist is only about 1.5 inches smaller than the waistline around my belly button, which isn't all that much less than my hips. It's typically considered an athletic build.
Those with rectangular shapes tend to put on weight proportionally (meaning everywhere but in smaller amounts). The good news is we can typically carry 10 extra pounds and no one notices, but when we put on too much and need to lose weight it comes off from everywhere (in smaller amounts). I've lost 11.5 lbs since April 1 and my measurements are virtually no different -- yet I fit into clothes I haven't fit into in months.
We are the few who have to ignore the measuring tape. Weird, but true.
"If you won't be better tomorrow than you are today, what do you need tomorrow for?"