I’ve never had a set of measurements before. Many that have followed my healthy living path realise that I became fascinated with weighing myself, and I promised never to possess a pair of scales or use them to decide my fitness for a variety of purposes.
Weight isn’t really a reliable indicator of fitness. Because of bad lifestyle decisions, lack of exercise, and an unbalanced diet, a seemingly overweight individual assumed to be of an average weight may be severely obese. In the other side, considering their greater height, anyone who is chronically obese will be much healthier and happier.
Okay, maybe the title of this article is a little exaggerated, but statistics may be useful in certain situations when it comes to wellbeing. I’m aware that counting calories has helped certain people reduce weight and improve their fitness.
I’ve seen health care providers and nutritionists use weight as a clear indicator of health and wellbeing on many occasions (and don’t get me started on BMI!). Body weight is an excellent way to measure weight reduction and success, but it is also overemphasised at the expense of how you feel on the inside.
Being a certain height or weight on the scales has little bearing on how comfortable you can be in your body. You can be a size 0 and still be miserable. You may be morbidly obese and yet enjoy living on the other end of the spectrum. Your emotional condition cannot be determined by a figure, which is also vital if you want to be genuinely stable and satisfied.
Your weight has little to do with who you are, what you stand for, or how you look in some way. No number should hold you back because culture says so – choose to diet for good, engage in physical exercise that you like, and have fun regardless of your size!
There’s no reason to be embarrassed if you believe you need to lose weight. Don’t despise yourself by believing that your body makes you somehow less attractive or normal, and your weight has little bearing on your self-worth.
Being well means various things to different people, because it comes in many different forms and sizes. A compilation of figures that somebody says renders you a healthy human being isn’t going to succeed for everybody, and it’s not anything to which we can even strive.
Whatever size you are, you should be your own definition of healthy, and a number on the scales should have no impact on this. Comparing ourselves against one another based on a fictitious number is a long path to misery and ruins all hope of us being our most amazing self.
Sorry for the rant, but I’m hoping to be a voice of truth in a society where fad diets and false perceptions of body positivity are aimed at undermining the real definition of wellness.
Don’t get me wrong: when it comes to weight and body confidence, I’m far from resistant to external stresses. I also wanted to point out that while weight isn’t the most accurate indicator of fitness, nurturing a beautiful body with foods you enjoy and fulfilling your dreams to make your soul fulfilled are also important aspects of leading a happy and safe life.
What are your thoughts on using numbers as a clear indicator of health? Do you believe that a person’s weight is the best way to assess their health?
Do you believe that a person’s weight is the best way to assess their health?
What does it signify to you to be healthy?