It’s Okay to Want To Look Good, But Are We Going A Little Too Far?
I know you’ve seen all the reports about the latest winner of the Biggest Loser. Many people are saying she may have lost too much weight too quickly. Some even say she’s too thin. Well no matter what you think about it, you have to wonder if the media is sending the wrong message to people about what it means to be healthy. This kind of thing also makes me wonder how far is too far when it comes to wanting to look and feel your best? Here I share some observations about what I’ve been seeing in the media around the health and beauty industry. Since I am not a doctor and don’t give medical advice, I don’t mention these things to diagnose or treat any illness. I only want to bring awareness to these problems in hopes that we start to see how much better it can be when we learn to be true to ourselves and our bodies.
Skinny Doesn’t Always Mean Healthy
Did you know it’s possible to be a small size but still be obese? I’m serious and I didn’t make it up. The medical term for this is metabolically obese normal weight (MONW). It sounds weird, but this is the condition of when the body has too little muscle and too much fat.
The flip side of this same coin is being too lean, where the body has neither enough fat not muscle. Someone whose body isn’t metabolizing fat the way it should could experience the health problems that come along with obesity, such as diabetes and heart disease. While someone who is too thin can have health problems such as anorexia, hormone imbalance, and increased stress on muscles and joints.
I don’t mean to throw around all these medical terms and conditions. My goal here is to shed light on this topic that can sometimes be so dark. We are really dealing with some serious things when it comes to our health, and now more than ever, we can empower each other by just digging a little deeper and asking a few more questions.
Stress Is Not Cute
Have you ever been around someone who obsessed about something to the point where you noticed it was causing them a great deal of stress? Stress can be so harmful to our bodies and what’s worse, it makes it almost impossible to think rationally. We make more mistakes when we’re stressed, we have mood swings and before we know it, we’re either eating too much or nothing at all. The point here is try not to obsess about your weight. Talk to your doctor, nutritionist, and health advisor about a healthy eating and exercise plan for you. Then, follow the plan and give yourself time and grace to make progress.
Beauty Is An Inside-Out Job
In our Confident In Your Own Skin E-book, I shared who we are is a combination of what we think, our natural gifts and abilities, our physical nature and what we believe. When we are confident on the inside, it shows up on the outside through our expressions and responses. That same confidence puts us in the right frame of mind to have healthy, positive thoughts about our physical appearance. It is also what helps us stay on track with taking care of ourselves.
Speaking of inside jobs, next week’s post is all about learning to see yourself as beautiful. See you then!