I often hear adults or older members of the media remarking on how the focus over the past few decades has become increasingly heavy on weight (no pun intended). I can’t vouch for that, because as far as I’m aware, that media focus has been there my entire life. I vividly remember cereal boxes after New Year when I was very small having the back entirely dedicated to weight loss.
I truly believe being healthy is a big part of happiness, and I say this as a 5 foot 8, 8 stone 9, almost 19-year-old girl (all facts declared). So, yes, I am thin – I have always been thin, and this is down to a number of factors, not just luck.
If you were to go over to the NHS BMI calculator right now and input my details as above, it would tell you I’m underweight. Personally, I don’t believe I am, because I eat healthily, I try to exercise regularly, and I live (all things considered) a healthy lifestyle. At this age, I think I am an appropriate weight for me, my metabolism and my build.
Nevertheless, my weight does fluctuate – I think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone whose weight hasn’t changed fairly regularly, whether noticeably or not. By my 18th birthday (when I started blogging), I was my current weight, but by mid-January of this year I had lost half a stone and was down to 8 stone 2.
Weight loss during the winter is, for me at least, more common because I’ve always had a tendency to catch all the bugs. It goes against the trend of winter weight, I know, but that’s just what I’ve always found. I don’t eat large meals because I physically can’t, I don’t eat a lot of junk food because I can’t digest it well and it makes me ill, so my diet doesn’t really change all that much in winter – the only thing that does is that I get ill.
I don’t really have a problem with my figure, other than the tremendous task of finding clothes that fit well (particularly trousers), so from that perspective yes, I might be lucky. I agree wholeheartedly that people should embrace their figures and it is important to feel comfortable in your own skin, which can be a hard thing to learn. But there’s also a line between learning to love yourself, and making it a norm and making it acceptable to be unhealthy.
Ultimately, my point is that the focus shouldn’t be on figure, or even weight particularly, but it needs to be steered back towards health. I think the two messages got a little lost somewhere along the way and that’s not a good thing. You can be thickset and healthy, just as you can be thin like me and still healthy.
Not to mention the fact that if you become properly fit and gain muscle, that doesn’t mean you’re going to be super light. You’ll have muscle weight. That’s why perfectly healthy rugby players weigh a ton. The focus on weight the way it is these days is just wrong.
What do you think?