Let me start by saying this article is not an indictment on anyone who is naturally inclined to be skinny, slim or thin.
I want to speak to the mounds of people who are striving to make their bodies look and do something it naturally can’t or won’t do – be skinny.
We see it all around us, signs and messages suggesting that being thin is the only way to be “in”. That thin is what every person should be striving towards.
As if being “skinny” is the only way you can look and be healthy. That is NOT the case and here is why.
1. Skinny does not equate to healthy
Have you ever heard of the term “skinny fat”? That is a person who is physically thin and their body has a high percentage of fat. If they are already thin you can imagine there isn’t much muscle there which is necessary to support the body.
2. Skinny does not mean a person isn’t prone to chronic disease
I personally know of thin people who have had heart attacks, have Type 2 diabetes and come really close to having strokes.
They are thin but either they were predisposed to certain chronic diseases due to their genetic makeup/family background or they were not taking care of themselves to ward off these awful diseases.
3. Skinny does not mean a person is strong
If you recall point #1 above, just because someone is skinny doesn’t mean they are strong enough to walk up and down a flight of stairs without getting winded. Or can lift their own body weight when doing push ups or other exercises.
4. Skinny does not mean a person is an athlete
Au contraire, when you see athletes they typically have well-formed bodies that are developed with muscles and a physicality to help them excel in their sport. I believe the only thin athletes I see are long-distance runners or endurance runners.
5. Skinny isn’t the only way to look attractive
Marketing and society has people believing they can only look attractive and appealing if they are thin or “small-boned”. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and all of those shapes and sizes should be celebrated and admired.
Embrace your body whether it be small or thick, short or tall because it’s the way God made you and He doesn’t make junk. What I would like to see more of are people focusing on being healthy.
Consuming less added salt and sugar, eating healthier and incorporating more greens in their diet.
Being active in ways that bring them joy such as gardening, yoga, running or lifting and finding their happiness in life, family, friends and a sense of purpose.
Being skinny doesn’t automatically give you that so give up the concept of skinny and focus on the idea of healthy. This post was written out of nothing but love for my readers I hope you enjoyed it.
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