January 27, 2003
What is a healthy weight?
What is a physically healthy weight?
What is a mentally healthy weight?
Whether someone is overweight or underweight, there are possible health
risks. So, where in the middle does someone find "healthy"?
Is it "healthy" to have a comfortable weight?
Is it "healthy" to have a fit weight?
Is it "healthy" to have a fashionable weight?
Is it "healthy" to be comfortable being underweight?
Is it "healthy" to be comfortable being overweight?
When using the terms "overweight"
and "underweight", what is it that these
weights are over and under? Too confusing? Too many questions? While
people of all ages are still struggling with these issues, it seems
that some have decided to stop struggling to be different; they are
be content where (and who) they are.
"The evidence that an evolution is
taking place in young women's attitudes is preliminary ã eating disorders
do, after all, remain a serious health hazard ã but glimmers of a
new mind-set are emerging from teenagers, professionals who deal closely
with them and even from images purveyed by the mass media."
"'I spend a lot of time in focus
groups and a lot of time talking to teenagers,' Amy Astley, the editor
of Teen Vogue, said. 'They really don't want to be told that they
have to change. They don't want to fight their natural body type.
They refer to certain Hollywood starlets as "skinny,"' she
said, 'and they see this as passé.'"
Is ignoring weight and not stressing about
it going to eliminate or cause more health problems? Eating disorders
are still a problem, but so is obesity.
"But perhaps the most significant
factor is the expanding body size of Americans generally, and therein
lies the downside of the trend. With 14 percent of American adolescents
already overweight ã triple the rate two decades ago ã the danger
in an increased acceptance of bigness is that young people will balloon
to perilously greater proportions, threatening their health."
The bottom line? There is no one answer
that fits everyone. "Lots of people worry about weight. Despite
what some people think, though, the best weight for a body does not
necessarily equal skinny. the best weight for you is one where you
are fit, healthy, and feeling good. That means that you need to eat
well, exercise, and like your body. What better time to learn more
about all that than Healthy Weight Week? You can start by reading
these articles:" http://www.kidshealth.com/misc/popup/T_squarebanner.html
(For more information on various health and weight topics for TEENS)
For more information on various health
and weight topics for KIDS,:
"Take a look at the kids in your class. You'll see they're all
different shapes and sizes. Some of them - maybe even you - might
be worried about their weight. It's important to remember that a healthy
weight doesn't necessarily mean being skinny. Feel good about your
amazing body, which works so hard for you! Strive to keep it fit and
healthy by eating a good diet and being active. To learn more, take
a look at these articles:"
Question of the Week:
How do you find the healthy weight for you that is both mentally and
Please email me with any ideas or suggestions.
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I look forward to reading
what you have to say.
Health Community Coordinator
Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum