CNN posted an article last week entitled “Is the fat acceptance movement bad for our health?” which I found interesting and wanted to share. One of the questions posed by the article is “Can you be fat and fit?” I bet the author of the book I read in high school health class “Fit or Fat” would argue a resounding NO, though that series has changed over two decades.
The CNN article reminds me that BMI is not the only way to define healthy, though it is often relied upon as a standard. Since many women struggle with “yo-yo” weight loss and gain over their lifetime, I wonder how that impacts one’s body compared to just being somewhat overweight – but at a steady weight – for a long period of time. Additionally, one important part of the article I noticed is that the medical community does not have “solutions” for obesity:
“Where else in medicine do we offer a solution — dieting — that is going to fail and then point to the end user and say, ‘You are weak-willed; you don’t have enough willpower’?” she [Michelle May, MD] asks. “I know many thin people who don’t exercise and follow unhealthy diets.”
I wrote in November that I am working with my mom on encouraging each other to adopt health behaviors, and most of my emails from my mom each day end with “Have a healthy eating day!” Yet food is only one aspect of the healthy behaviors – we are also including drinking water, taking vitamins, exercise, and even mental and emotional health as we look to our healthy behavior each day.
What aspects of your healthy behavior do you focus on?