Definitely. It is probably subconscious for me almost. WhenI was a kid, I remember my mom talking about the "good old days" when she had an 18 inch waist in her 20s. I have never had that. My mom is a consumate pear shape, so in adulthood for her, her waist was pretty much mid 20s. Even into her 60s.
I think I got the message that having a small waist is good! Unfortunately, I never had one. My pot belly showed up when I was 7. At some point in my 20s I went through what I am going to call puberty 2.0, and somehow my shape changed a bit, I proportionally had bigger boobs and a smaller waist with minimal change in weight. Gapping at the waist became a much bigger problem.
To be honest, I get really jealous when I see people with waist measurements like mine who look great with little flab and flatter tummies. Looking at my waist, I need to lose another 5-7 inches or more to look like that.
If my torso loked better, I could probably stop the whole weight loss thing right now. I am really waiting out my waist. I've always had big arms. I've always had big legs, and they have pretty good definition about 10-15 pounds lighter than I am now. So for now, I am estimating I have another 40-45 pounds to go, and I am crossing my fingers on how I will look.