We— as in women, hear it everywhere we go…
‘Lose Weight Feel Great’
‘7 Days To Skinny’
‘Eat Less, Look Better In Your Jeans’
Our society has become obsessed with losing weight.
Don’t get me wrong, weight loss can be empowering, rewarding, and healthy, of course. But where do we draw the line? When does this constant urge to want to lose weight start to become unhealthy?
The research doesn’t lie…The CDC notes the numerous health issues associated with being overweight or obese, including hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. But the problem with North America’s obsession with weight not only has to do with physical health. The bigger issue with the weight loss craze has to do with the effects of body weight struggles on our emotional and mental wellbeing.
Oftentimes, we associate being thin with success, beauty and happiness. Being heavier set on the other hand, is rarely ever something to be celebrated. Instead, it’s usually thought to be quite negative.
For instance, how many women do you know that are a slave to the daily practice of weighing themselves? Or that equate their self worth to the number that pops up on the scale?
Sometimes we even justify our obsession with being skinny by saying that we’ll be happier once we achieve a desired weight. But we’re always wrong.
Listen, lose weight if you want to. Do it because you want to, not because you feel forced to by others or by an ideal image of fitness or beauty. You and only you get to decide what makes you happy. Loving yourself and being healthy – truly healthy – is more important than any health craze.