Doctors Are Changing Their Mind About Those ‘Ideal’ Body Weight Charts.
When it comes to weight, we often obsess with numbers. So many young women want to be a size zero and one hundred pounds. It doesn't help when magazine covers focus on celebrity weight loss and weight gain.
While it is a good thing to take care of your body, there is a fine line between building a healthy lifestyle and starting an unhealthy obsession. When we compare ourselves to supermodels and celebrities, we set ourselves up with the latter, and it's a dangerous path.
According to Epidemiology of Eating Disorders, in America, 20 million woman and 10 million men will suffer from what is considered a clinically significant eating disorder during their lifetime. These include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or OSFED.
Additionally, when you sign up for a fad diet, the habits aren't sustainable and you'll probably end up yo-yoing. As a general rule, if you eat well and stay active at levels that you can realistically incorporate into your lifestyle, you're more likely to keep it up.
But that doesn't mean numbers are all bad. Numbers can be good when portioning food so that we eat only until we are satisfied, not overly full, and calculating our BMI (body mass index, while not a perfect measure, is a useful indicator for you if you are age 20 or older because it helps determine how much fat is in your body).
Scroll below to learn more and see a reasonable Ideal Height and Weight Chart for Women. Your height is a good predictor for your weight, but keep in mind that your DNA and environment are also key factors.
Body image is a deeply sensitive topic for many people, especially young women.
There are many societal pressures that may affect how people feel about their own body.
Magazines make sure to highlight celebrity weight gain.
As a public figure, it isn't all glamour. You're scrutinized not only for the things you do but also for the way you look.
They also celebrate their weight loss.
While it isn't a bad thing to celebrate weight loss, especially if someone worked hard for it, magazines often use unrealistic titles that lead us to set unrealistic goals for ourselves.
Body-image pressure comes from the media, peers, and sometimes even family.
We can't exactly escape any of these things. So, if a young person's friends are always talking about weight or if a family member often brings it up (this happens in certain cultures), it could be affecting them in a negative way.
Many of us end up with unhealthy eating habits.
Some of us come to a point when food is all we think about, especially if you're depriving yourself of it. Some people end up going on periodic binges.
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