You may argue that yearning to be a size zero relates mostly to the American and European cultures. And that in Africa, beauty is usually determined by many other factors. But since our world and our culture are rapidly changing, I use the analogy of a size zero to help you understand that each individual has a perfect size and a perfect attitude towards our bodies that would work only for that person. As humans, it is our job to find what that perfect ‘zero’ is.
In determining what size and body works best for each of us, it is important to understand that some factors are applicable to everyone, and thus need to be considered universal. For example, since being underweight or overweight puts people in danger for a host of health conditions, we should not promote allowing people to be comfortable being too thin or being obese.
Though every individual has to find their perfect size, we have to understand that the body is not just about size. There are a host of health issues that we face due to lack of physical activity, our diet, our environment, and even our genes. Now, we can’t control everything, but we can certainly control our diet and our level of physical activity. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is essential to get both a nutritious diet and sufficient exercise. How much is considered sufficient? This is decided by several factors that will be discussed in subsequent posts.
Most of us grow up without a sense of what physical fitness means, and how it can affect our overall health. Thus, when our brains mature enough to figure out our attitude towards our bodies, it is defined by only our current environmental factors.
In future weeks, I will present information about nutrition and exercise principles, and how to apply them to improve our physical and mental health. But before you can apply any information available to you, have you considered what your ‘zero’ is?
What would you define as your current attitude towards health, fitness, and body image?