There’s a lot of pressure to be skinny nowadays. Everywhere you look, people are telling you that being skinny should be your ultimate goal. Go to any supermarket, and you’ll see a plethora of magazines proclaiming that you, too, can be a size zero.
While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to slim down, it’s important to understand that being skinny isn’t the same thing as being healthy. Read on to learn why!
Skinny vs. Healthy
The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” You’ll notice, of course, that you won’t find the word skinny anywhere in this definition. That’s because skinny is simply a word to describe a lean, slender body type. It isn’t an indicator of health or a lack there of; it’s just a way to describe someone’s body size.
Not convinced? Here’s an example. Abby Wambach, who just retired from the US Women’s Soccer Team, is a World Cup champion and an Olympic Gold Medalist. She has spent most of her life running on the soccer field, eating well, and getting stronger. And yet, at 5’11 and 179 pounds, her weight would classify her as “overweight” on the BMI scale, and most people wouldn’t call her skinny. Does that mean she’s unhealthier than your size-zero friend who lives off of diet soda and cupcakes?
Of course not. That’s because skinniness isn’t an indicator of overall health. If you become skinny by eating poorly, depriving yourself of key nutrients, and exercising past the point of safety, you aren’t going to be healthy no matter how small you are. Your energy levels will wane, your emotional health will suffer, and your metabolism will be impacted. While you can definitely be healthy and skinny at the same time, you need to understand that being skinny doesn’t automatically make you healthy.
Why Health is Most Important
Many people think that the key to their happiness is located in the number that appears when they step onto the scale. But the truth is that a number will never make you happy.
It’s the things that go along with that number that make a difference in the long run. It’s the energy to keep up with your kids, the strength to do the things you love, and the ability to enjoy your life that matter. And those things aren’t part of being skinny—they’re part of being healthy. That’s why the Better Body System is geared toward optimal health, not just weight loss.
As you continue to transform your life during the Better Body Resolution, we hope you’ll remember to focus on your overall health. For more tips for a happy, healthy life, subscribe to the blog below and check out our Facebook page!