For the long time readers of this blog, you will know that I struggle with my weight. I have always struggled with my weight and I suspect it is something I will ALWAYS have to have an eye on, for the rest of my days. However, in the last 3 weeks, I have decided that I am back on the dietary wagon, and I am bound and determined to get the excess weight off this time. I have given myself targets, I have decided on the treats I am going to give myself when I reach those targets, I have even given myself time scales in which to do it (though I am going to be flexible on those!).
There is nothing that irritates me more though, then people telling me that “losing weight is simple. Just eat less and move more.” What a pile of horse hocky. If it were that simple, don’t you think that we all would be stick thin and no one would be overweight at all? For some people, maybe it is that easy, but for others? No, it is more complicated than that.
And who decides who is overweight anyway? Well, in most western countries, the medical profession relies on an Index called the Body Mass Index. It is a conjunction of your weight and your height. Depending on where you come on the matrix you are classified as being overweight, clinically obese or morbidly obese. What they fail to tell you though, is how that Index was dreamed up. You might think it was the greatest medical minds of their generation putting their heads together and coming up with something that truly reflects the health of the citizenry and that it is a number and a score with a lot of research behind it. Ummm… no actually.
The BMI was dreamt up by some doctor who had been given the job of proving that the Soliders in WW1 trenches were being given enough food and weren’t poorly nourished. Patently, they were poorly nourished, and patently it caused all sorts of health problems, but the index was put together as “proof” that Private Joe Bloggs, this tall and this weight, was actually the right weight for his height, even though he really, really wasn’t.
So, the tool which I have been judged against for most of my life is actually a tool of 100 year old war propaganda? Great. Just great.
Please do not mistake me. I am fully aware that I carry too much weight. This is partly because of appallingly bad choices I have made in the past, and partly due to genetics,and even partly due to a desire to squash feelings down by using poor food choices (and no, that really doesn’t work and is not a very positive way of doing things.) But I am done with feeling guilty about this. I know what needs to be changed, and I am doing something about it.
Recently, I rejoined a slimming class. In two weeks I have dropped 8 pounds, and altogether, I have lost 12 since I started on my health kick, way back in May. I feel a lot better for it, and I know what to do in order to eat healthy meals, feel full and happy and have the energy to do what I need to do. And that is what I am going to do.
So, if you feel like you want to be healthier, or carry less weight, then the best thing to do? Go and see a Nutritionist. Take their advice and do what you know is healthy in order to get to your healthy weight. And do not let some stupid position on an outdated and scientifically dubious index tell you whether you are healthy and happy. Let your own body do the talking.