Body acceptance vs Healthy Bodies
Over the past decade there has been an increased popularity over body acceptance on media, videos, TV shows, magazines, articles, you name it, and I believe this movement is coming from a great place.
It is true that our bodies are our temples. We should cherish them like a home everyday of our lives, but how far are we taking the body acceptance ideal?
In an age when the obesity epidemic is at it’s highest, It is hard to differentiate what a normal body should look like anymore. Many people may argue that being curvy and having a wider body is perfectly fine, but this isn’t always the case.
There are two ways of knowing whether or not you have a healthy weight:
BMI (Body Mass Index)
This is a value derived from the mass (weight) and height of an individual.
Although BMI can be used for most men and women, it does have some limits:
- It may overestimate body fat in athletes and others who have a muscular build.
- It may underestimate body fat in older persons and others who have lost muscle.
Underweight: Below 18.5
Obesity: 30.0 and Above
You can calculate your BMI here: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmi-m.htm
If most of your fat is around your waist rather than at your hips, you’re at a higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. This risk goes up with a waist size that is greater than 35 inches for women or greater than 40 inches for men.
To correctly measure your waist, stand and place a tape measure around your middle, just above your hipbones. Measure your waist just after you breathe out.
Now that this is out of the gate, we should and can accept our bodies the way they are. We most definitely have to love ourselves and our bodies no matter what, but when our bodies are at risk of disease, when our bodies aren’t healthy, when our bodies aren’t at a healthy weight and can cause us harm then we shouldn’t allow ourselves to do nothing about our bodies.
There is no such thing as as beautiful body that is overweight or obese. There isn’t beauty in disease for all it provokes is negative outcomes such as death.
Just like obesity is a major issue that shouldn’t be taken lightly, underweight bodies should also be a concern, but at the moment the majority of the people dying from weight related issues are obese people.
Therefore, I invite you to accept your body but most importantly to take control over your body.
Real Bodies are Healthy Bodies
Ariann Aguilar, certified plant-based nutritionist at T. Colin Campbell's center of nutrition studies. If you are looking for nutritional guidance make sure to contact me here