Anyone who has ever undergone a preventive health assessment knows that maintaining a healthy weight is essential to one’s overall health. This year’s Healthy Weight Week, Jan. 16-22, is a terrific opportunity for every American to reconsider their idea of what, exactly, a healthy weight is.
Many people associate weight with a single number: The weight revealed by the bathroom scale. But that number tells you nothing about your body composition, which measures your body’s proportion of fat to non-fat mass. Consulting a physician, not a scale, is the best way to determine your body’s ideal weight.
A healthy weight is defined as the weight your body takes on when you are eating well and being active. Every individual body has its own ideal weight—a fact that has long been obscured by our culture’s prevailing message that the only kind of healthy body is a thin one.
The superiority of thinness is reinforced on a daily basis by countless media images and messages. Children grow up surrounded by blaring ads promising “instant weight loss” remedies and draw the understandable conclusion that weight is always something to be “lost.” This cultural message has left a deep impression on millions of Americans. According to the National Eating Disorders Association:
- Eating disorders affect people from all walks of life, including young children, middle-aged women and men, and including individuals of all races and ethnicities.
- 25% of American men and 45% of American women are on a diet on any given day.
Healthy Weight Week emphasizes the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, not relying on a “diet” whose sole goal is weight loss. Everyone has a natural body weight, and this week is about embracing it.
ProPartnersMD is a men’s health clinic in Kansas City that works to bring patients into healthier lifestyles through expert use of preventive medicine. Visit us online to learn more about our men’s health clinic’s services or call (877) 342-7709 for more information.