Look at any height and weight chart and more than likely, you will find yourself outside of the “ideal” weight. It is not like a bell curve at all – there is such a tiny section of ideal weight.
Take note that a healthy weight is not always found on a standard height and weight chart.
I know extremely healthy people who live active lifestyles, exercise regularly, and still find themselves outside the parameters of the ideal weight. My marathon-running friends clearly burn more calories than my sedentary friends and yet even their numbers do not fit into a standard height and weight chart. (Probably because muscle mass weighs more than fat.)
It can be a bit demoralizing if your current weight doesn’t match the “ideal” on a chart.
There are so many factors which play a role in determining your weight. To name a few: your body type, the number of fat cells you have, how much muscle you have.
Even the numbers on a standard body mass index (BMI) chart are just approximations.
This means they may not be the best measurement of good health. For instance, a chart might group some women as overweight by not measuring body fat and others overweight who have a higher ratio of muscle to fat.
So, instead of comparing yourself to the numbers on a chart, think about your weight in view of a healthy weight. This number is not found on a chart, but will be determined by so many other things. Strive for a healthy weight that is, more than likely, outside the lines on the chart.
If you’re struggling with finding a healthy weight and body image, you might want to attend our workshop on Saturday, May 3rd. Reflecting a Healthy Self-Image is designed to give women a safe space to share their struggles. Contact me for more information or to register.
Marlayne Whitlock, M.A., LAPC