The body positivity movement has swept across our country causing people to enjoy life and love each other with more freedom and less judgement.
Cellulite, stretch marks, soft bodies, and rolls are no longer a reason to look down on, sneer at, make rude comments to, or exclude others. Popularity isn’t being based on physical shape or a number on the scale, but on personality and activism.
Which sounds almost utopian.
But we have to be careful. (Don’t shoot me. Just hear me out.)
While it’s 100% true that we need to NEVER judge or withhold love due to appearance, we DO need to still promote healthy lifestyles and BMI’s that are underneath the obese category.
It genuinely, deeply matters to your health.
Obesity is linked to so many hundreds of conditions and is proven to shorten lives, and we need to make sure that people have the keys to unlock a longer life and better overall health.
And while a number on the scale should NEVER change how people view or treat you, it should make you take measures to give your body the respect it deserves.
If a few simple daily habits can pull you out of the obese category and keep your weight hovering in a genuinely healthy range, then they are disciplines that will reward you with extra years on your life and lowered risks of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Excess body weight contributes to at least 1 out of 5 cancer deaths, and 1 out of 10 overall cancer cases have been directly linked to obesity.
- Gastric Cardia
- Multiple Myeloma
The most basic tips for escaping and avoiding obesity are:
- Moderate Daily Activity
- Eating Raw and Fiber Filled Foods
- Minimizing Portion Sizes
- Standing While Working
- Increasing Water Intake
- Avoiding Sugar Concentrates
If you have a sedentary job, make sure to stand up and change positions every hour. Pacing your cubicle or sitting on an exercise ball instead of a chair can keep your body in a more active state. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, and try to leave for work 15 minutes early so you can walk a few blocks before starting your work day.
Doing 20 minutes of yoga before going to bed and turning off all electronic screens a half hour before trying to sleep will let you sleep more deeply and reduce insomnia that causes eating at night. Inefective rest is known to cause weight gain, so better sleep patterns will empower you to keep your BMI in a better place.
Choose activities that cause movement. Instead of going out to a movie, go to a mini golf course or bowling. Choose gaming consoles that use full body motion for dance and workout games to add some “playtime” activity.
Small changes make big differences. Stay healthy and live a long life!