I’ve never owned a set of scales. Those who may be familiar with my healthy living journey will know that I became obsessed with weighing myself and from that point on I vowed never to own a pair of scales or use them to determine my health for a number of reasons.
Weight in some cases is not a true measurement of health. A seemingly healthy person considered to be of an ideal weight can be seriously unhealthy because of poor lifestyle choices, lack of exercise and an unbalanced diet. On the other hand, someone who is clinically obese can actually be a lot healthier and happier despite their larger size.
OK, so maybe the title of the post is a little extreme and in some circumstances numbers can be helpful when it comes to health. I know counting calories has been a great success for some in helping them lose weight and become healthier. So many times, I’ve heard health care professionals and nutritionists using weight as a direct measurement of health and physical fitness (don’t even get me started on the use of BMI!). Body weight is a great way to track weight loss and progress, but too much emphasis is put on weight rather than how you feel on the inside.
Being a certain size or number on the scales doesn’t determine how happy you are going to feel. You can be a size zero and the most miserable person alive. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you can be morbidly obese and simply be loving life. A number cannot determine your emotional state, which is also important if you are looking to be truly healthy and happy.
Your weight doesn’t make up who you are, what you stand for nor is it a reflection of you in any shape or form. A number shouldn’t hold you back because society says it should – continue to eat for health, doing the forms of physical activity you enjoy and have fun no matter your size! Even if you feel that you do need to lose weight, there’s no shame in this. Don’t turn in on yourself and think that your size makes you any less beautiful or less of a human being because your weight doesn’t determine your self-worth.
Being healthy means something different from person to person, so therefore, it comes in all different shapes and sizes. A set range of numbers that someone has said makes you a healthy human being isn’t going to work for everyone and isn’t something that we should even conform or try to aspire to. You can be your own version of healthy whatever your size maybe and a number on the scales shouldn’t have any control over this. To compare ourselves to each other over a misleading number is one long road to unhappiness and destroys any dream of us becoming our most awesome.
Sorry for the rant, but I hope that I can be a voice of reason in a world that is determined to undermine the true meaning of being healthy with faddy diets and misleading ideals of body positive images. Don’t get me wrong, I’m far from being immune to social pressures when it comes to weight and body image. I just wanted to put it out there that weight is not a true measure of health, nurturing a beautiful body with the food you love and following your passions to make your soul happy is also part of living a happy and healthy life.
What is your opinion on using numbers as a direct measurement of health? Do you think weight alone is the only way to measure health?
What does being healthy mean to you?
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