We all know there’s an obsession with weight in our society. Essentially it is a woman’s obsession; men don’t seem to suffer from the same malady.
Being skinny is considered “healthy.” But is it always? When my son had jaw surgery, he wasn’t able to eat for six weeks. All he could do was drink liquids through a straw. He lost 15 pounds. He looked way thinner than when he started out, but was he healthier? Someone could have an illness that causes him or her to lose a great deal of weight. They may look quite thin, but will certainly not be healthy.
When celebrity Hilary Duff was 17, she was obsessed with the number on the scale, just like most girls. She started eating only steamed veggies and grilled chicken. This lasted about two years. She finally realized that her body wasn’t getting enough of what it needed to be healthy, so she started eating normal foods again.
Model Kate Moss has been quoted as saying, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” I would argue that. Nothing beats the taste of a Hawaiian Pineapple pizza and a chocolate volcano cake, but that’s beside the point.
This obsession with weight and being skinny has got to stop. There are too many risks to one’s health, including: low muscle mass, a compromised immune system, anemia, osteoporosis, hair loss, and not to mention menstrual irregularities. It’s not pretty.
Women need to stop playing with their lives. They need to start embracing their curves, to look at themselves and see their true beauty, not defined by what the scale reads on any particular day, but by who they really are.
Focus on being fit and healthy, not skinny. If you are genetically skinny, that’s a different story. The point is to focus on health, not a number. Maintain a healthy diet, and refrain from overeating. It’s as simple as that!