The War of Extremes
I fear that extremist are taking over the world. No, no, I’m not talking about a terrorist cell or religious fundamentalists. I’m talking about extremes in the health, wellness and media world.
Whether it’s a local paper portraying a few pound gain on an actress as the worst natural disaster since hurricane Katrina or the fat acceptance movement toting that no women should ever diet, ever. I feel as if we are all stuck in the middle.
Let’s put all the BMI charts and scales aside for a minute, shall we? I’m not going to get into a numbers game. I want us, instead, to use a little common sense. Don’t you think it is extreme to…
- think everyone can be the same size or even have the same body shape.
- categorize a healthy, active person as obese just because of a number.
- assume that every dieter is trying to reach some unrealistic number on the scale.
- believe all thin people just have “high metabolisms.”
- starve yourself for the sake of fitting into a specific size.
As we navigate these and a host of other extremes I fear we are losing site of what is really important. It doesn’t really matter what size you wear or how much you weigh down to the quarter pound.
What really matters, to me at least, is living a healthy, balanced life.
*Cue lecture on what the definition of healthy is.*
Another argument I’m not interested in getting into. Welcome to the second battle in the war of extremes. The healthy diet battle. From no carbs to no fat to free for all eating. I fear we are stuck in the middle here too. Don’t you think it is extreme to…
- exclude all fat because it will make you fat.
- believe you can eat whatever you want whenever you want without concern for your health.
- never eat a carb again.
- deny that the food you eat plays an important role in you overall health.
- think eating a cookie “breaks” your diet.
Let’s get back to this idea of common sense. Not many people will argue that a diet full of fresh produce, lean meats, and whole grains is good for us. And that getting up and moving around now and again is in our best interest. Does this mean you can never eat a scoop of ice cream or hit a fast food chain again?
Remember we are not extremist! We are a group of common sense folks who try to lead an overall healthy lifestyle while maintaining a healthy, for our size, weight. We believe in moderation and we know that no food is off limits but some should definitely be eaten more or less than others.
Finally, we believe that all people regardless of their body size have the right to live the life they want. There is no perfect diet, there is no perfect lifestyle. There is simply a common sense approach to your own personal health and wellness.
Anyone with me? Am I fighting this extremist battle alone?