In this post, I want to discuss this question about body shape and size: does it matter? It’s a question tied into the concepts of Health At Every Size and body acceptance. And the answer is related to those same concepts.
It’s no secret that I’m a proponent of Health At Every Size. It means that your natural body shape and size–the one you have when you eat and exercise healthfully and normally– is the shape and size you’re supposed to be at. The healthiest shape and size for YOU.
And that natural, healthy body shape and size? It’s not determined by the “average” weight, jeans size, BMI, or fat percentage. Health can be found in any size. (For more info, this post on set point weight by Robyn aka The Real Life RD.)
I’m also a proponent of body acceptance. It’s something I’m still working on for myself. And although a certain brand of body positivity is becoming more and more popular, our society’s body shape and size ideals are still too narrow. Unattainable. We hear messages of ‘every shape is beautiful’ and ‘love your curves’. Yet the diet industry is booming, perhaps because it’s begun to adopt “body positive” disguises for its own messages.