It just goes to show you that what we see in the media and are exposed to on a daily basis as the 'ideal' really doesn't fit our reality. It's no wonder people become fixated on losing weight and keeping skinny over the quality of their health.
The people I am truly scared for are children though. As adults, despite our disatisfaction we at least have the ability to reason what is realistic and what is not. Children don't always have this skill and the desire to fit in can be so powerful that images of size 0 women can create a whole array of mental health problems like depression and eating disorders.
What we need to start working towards is the idea of healthy at every size. That just because you don't fit the super model image of what's acceptable it doesn't make you any less beautiful or healthy. If you focus on eating right and being active your body will find it's proper size.
We also grow at different paces. Take me for instance. I've been the same size since grade 4. That's right...I've been 5 foot 8 since I was 8 years old. I was a bigger girl too. People that came into the class thought I was the teacher's aide.
My point is that we need to stop obsessing so much over our weight and make sure we are looking after ourselves physically and mentally. True, there is an increased risk of health problems with abdominal obesity, but try to look at weight loss as a nice side effect of eating right and being active rather than your only focus.
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