Why your weight is important to your health
As always, I am going to start with a caveat of not being ‘perfect’ with my diet, not being a ‘clean eater’ or restricting what I eat in terms of conforming to a specific diet. I eat well, mainly homemade organic/wild/sustainable food and when I go out and eat a pizza, or a burger or a pudding, I do it knowing the impact. So please don’t take this post as fat shaming, or body shaming or anything like that. I am writing, as always, with wanting the best for you all and to make informed decisions when it comes to your health.
Last week, or the week before the internet went crazy over a plus-size model on the front cover of a magazine. There was the ‘fat shaming’ side of it, of it being ugly, hideous etc etc etc and then the flip side of all bodies are beautiful and there should be plus sized models who fall into the obese and morbidly obese BMI categories.
I am one hundred per cent in agreement that people should not be shamed over their body regardless of being morbidly obese or dangerous skeletal and needing forced, intravenous feeding. I am also aware that the ‘normal’ models we see are usually underweight and send out dangerous signals that this is how all women should look. And both sides of the coin cause health issues and can kill you. Extreme I know, but it’s the case.
Underweight women and men have bone density problems leading to osteoporosis, low immune systems, low energy and generally don’t function well. Women are more likely to get dementia, Alzheimer’s etc because their sex hormone production is severely impacted on due to a lack of nutrients that help the body make them. This doesn’t just mean that they stop having periods, because so many other processes in the body are reliant on oestrogen and progesterone. So being underweight is not good for you.
Likewise, being overweight is not good for you either. What upset me about the recent blow up on social media and in the press is that so many were saying that being overweight (in the obese and morbidly obese category) is fine, and not a problem. This is not true when looking at in health terms. Normalising obesity is a dangerous thing to do because it is known that it increases the chance of a cancer diagnosis and type 2 diabetes with all that it encompasses. It’s really bad for your joints and causes pain and inflammation. It means that your organs get squashed by all the fat and they can’t work properly. It impacts on your breathing, so you aren’t properly oxygenated which means that nothing in your body will work properly. I’m also about to make a generalization, so forgive me if I am wrong. Those that are obese and morbidly obese generally speaking have poor diets which means they can also be clinically malnourished which also causes ill health. You are also more likely to have cardiovascular problems and your body is more toxic and inflamed as the fat cells store all the toxins we inhale/eat on a daily basis.
In the UK the amount of money the NHS spends on health-related obesity problems is £5.1 BILLION a year published in a recent report, that was looking at data from 2005-6 so the figure is probably more now.
Once again, this is not to shame or to say overweight men and women can’t be handsome and beautiful. Of course they can. What worries me is the increase in obesity and what that means for the individual, their health and quality of life.
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