Active.com recently published an article on their website entitled “Why Being Skinny Doesn’t Mean You’re Fit.” While many of us already understand that being thin does not equate with being healthy, some people are ignorant regarding what constitutes a healthy fat percentage for our bodies (21-35% for most women, 8-22% for most men). The active.com article mentioned above is most focused on the term “obesity,” meaning a higher than healthy body fat percentage. By this definition, obesity surprisingly includes many people who would have a normal body mass index.
Reading this article leads to a discussion about being healthy versus looking the way that society tells us we should look. (This discussion has also been brought up recently with the Seventeen/Teen Vogue petitions of the Spark Movement.)
Being obsessed with being thin (like many of the supermodels in our magazines and advertisements) can lead to issues such as anorexia, bulemia, and actually having too little body fat or nutrients in our body. Giving in to the portion sizes encouraged by fast food chains, restaurants, and the “bigger is better” mindset (recently discussed in the portion control post on this blog) can lead to having health problems, such as a higher risk of contracting diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Barre Bee Fit is a huge proponent of being healthy, an;p[ bd therefore, trying to avoid both of these extremes.
So, how does a person obtain and maintain a healthy mindset?
First, it is important to recognize that advertising is often misleading, aimed to lead consumers to purchase quantities that are above what is needed (as well as to purchase products that are wholly unnecessary). At the same time, advertising consistently promotes a body image that most of us are not going to have instead of promoting a more healthy, attainable image. Thinking about the wonderful women in our lives, we can recognize that there are a lot of different body types, and that when a woman is healthy and happy, she is beautiful.
So the focus should be on realizing that being healthy is more important than fitting a mold, and that making healthy choices will make you feel better, physically and mentally. Part of being healthy, of course, is what you eat. Another important component is regular exercise (which, as a reader of this blog, you are probably getting at our studio!). Are there other aspects of being healthy that you feel are important to discuss? Please leave a comment below!