The keyword in “Health at Every Size” is health.
This guest post is from Bianca from the Zaftig Chicks. – mamaV
I was diagnosed Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) in my late 20s. Basically PCOS causes infertility, obesity, excess body hair, and acne. It has also caused me to develop insulin resistance. You can read more about PCOS here.
Because of this I have a higher risk of heart disease and certain kinds of cancer. I take several medications to try control my symptoms, but you know what every doctor I have seen and every study that I have personally read about PCOS says the most effective treatment is?
Now we can argue until we are blue in the face about whether or not weight loss is actually beneficial, or just an easy cop out, but for every study that says being fat is not unhealthy for you, there are 10 studies that say it is. And those studies that do say being fat is not unhealthy, usually say that what matters is how much belly fat you have, because that is what is risky for your health.
Well guess what?
I am very apple shaped. My bust and hips are the same measurement, and my waist is only 5 inches smaller than that. There is a lot of fat on my belly. Now I cannot change my body shape, and I am not saying that people shaped like me need to lose weight. It’s your body and you can do what you want. But I am saying that me, myself, and I want to reduce that fat percentage bit, and hopefully lower my risks. Maybe it won’t work, but I think I owe it to myself, and my body to try and be the healthiest I can be.
This is not about extremes, or starvation, or cutting out entire food groups. This is being mindful of what I eat, and focusing on exercising more. I know this will cause me to lose some weight, and it already has. And I feel a lot better. I sleep better. Simple things like bending over to take laundry out of the dryer and twisting in my car to out my seatbelt on are easier. I am focusing on my health and my body appreciates my efforts.