I saw this quote recently in a caption for a picture on Instagram from my friends at Moderation Movement. The minute I saw it I wanted to share it with the world. It is so perfectly said, so spot on and such a perfect summary of the issue.
Defining health as a number, a body fat % or a BMI is dangerous, ineffective and unhealthy. Health is defined by healthy behaviors, not by the size, shape or weight of your body. Continuing to believe that we can have an one-size-fits-all approach will not make anyone healthier and will only feed disordered eating and the diet culture. If we are truly worried about health – ours, our friends and family and/or all humanity – we’ve gotta embrace the fact that it will look different on every body.
I encourage you to focus on YOU and the only body you will ever have. The one body that needs your care, attention and respect regardless of it’s size, shape or weight. No matter what it looks like, you can find health and wellbeing by listening to and responding to it’s needs.
For the sake of your health, it’s vital that you put weight on the backburner. Let your body find it’s natural weight as you aim to connect with and take care of it.
Emily Fonnesbeck RD, CD