What Does Your Physical Appearance Really Reveal About Your Health?
Your weight does not necessarily determine your health!
Let’s first take a look at the definition of “health”. The World Health Organization/WHO defines health as “ a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.
This shows you that you cannot tell how healthy someone is just by looking at them! When you look at someone, how do you know what they eat? How active they are? Are they feeling depressed, stressed, anxious? Sleeping well? The reality is that someone’s appearance does not tell you this information.
We live in a culture, where we equate thinness with health & wellness. This diet culture and diet mentality is more toxic than we realize!
The “smaller” person may be struggling with disordered eating; isolating themselves to avoid social gatherings and situations that involve food or going to the gym instead of socializing as an attempt to stay “thin”.
On the other hand, the “larger” person, may be dealing with lots of stigma, discrimination and past trauma. Weight bias associated with being overweight can result in reduced quality of life and a higher risk for depression and low self-esteem.
I had a client that was diagnosed with cancer and rapidly losing weight as a result. People were praising for her weight loss. How do you think that made her feel? Let’s think twice before making a comment on someone’s weight.
These are REAL issues that happen every day! If you are someone who struggles with food and weight, please know you are not alone. Shift the focus
My philosophy is to focus on behaviours and things that we can control and change rather than weight!