I suppose some of you have read some controversial posts over the past few weeks. It started with this , and then there was that, not to mention the hundreds of valid and completely irrational and crazy comments they both inspired.
I’ve never been overweight. I have a smallish frame, I mean I’m short but not tiny, you know? My metabolism isn’t the greatest, but I’ve been active my whole life, eat well and am in pretty good shape. My BMI is apparently a little high and I hover close to the top of the “healthy” rage for my height/weight. (But we all know how accurate that is.)
My husband, on the other hand, has the metabolism of a college basketball player, can eat whatever the hell he wants (and does), has a bona fide six (or more) pack and can run like the wind.
Guess what? People are different shapes, sizes and colours!
Guess what else? Being fit and healthy has very little, if anything, to do with size!
Despite what Canadian Running Magazine would have us believe (judging by the running model on the cover), you don’t have to have 5% body fat to be a good runner. Do you know what you do need? You need to run.
Do you read the Bodies in Motivation site? I write over there. There are some kick-ass women I’ve met on that site who are a far cry from a size 2.
It seems that fitness has morphed into an unhealthy being of its own. All people see (or don’t see) is size. People who are bigger than a… what? size 10 or 12 aren’t seen as healthy. Not only that, but they are seen as lazy, a tax on our healthcare system and inherently flawed. That’s bullshit.
People’s heritage, metabolism, family history, height, muscle density, all of these things affect their body. Not everyone has a size 4 hiding inside just waiting to come out, if only they worked out a little harder, ate a little less.
Yes, there are a million excuses that people make. I’m too busy, I’m too tired, it’s too hard for me, BMI isn’t accurate, I don’t like working out. And yes, usually the benefits outweigh the negatives once you get going.
But health is not about size. It is not about a number on a scale. It is about you. Your body, your life, your choices.
It’s easy to preach from one side or another, but if you’re sitting on the sidelines throwing stones, why don’t you try cheering instead?