A family member walked in the other day and almost instantly told me how thin I looked. In their opinion, it is “too thin”. Of course, this leads to a series of questions regarding life, health, and stability, etc. I found humor in this “societal norm”. Of course, being malnourished can take several forms.
I hear people say sentences like, “Well that’s a healthy baby” or “He has a healthy appetite”, a lot of the times when they see a person who is larger. It leads me to wonder why we consider why we correlate bigger with well nourished. Of course, it appears as if those folks have plenty to eat, but it doesn’t mean they are the “right” items to eat.
These people may easily be malnourished.
Of course, despite what the family member thinks, I know my diet consists of a good deal of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, water, and other healthy items. It’s not a perfect diet, but it is better than I used to eat.
I strongly believe that every person has their own body structure. I believe that each person is built to weigh a certain amount. If people were to eat a well-balanced and healthy diet, I think this weight would vary for everybody. While one person might hover around 180 pounds, another might hover around 140. Of course height, genetics, and several other factors will go into this.
And being too thin or too thick can be detrimental. The key, I believe, is what’s going into the body. Feeling strong, mentally and physically, is a wonderful feeling. A person might look a certain way but feel completely the opposite. Or, perhaps, the error is in the eyes of the viewer and commenter.
So do you. Whether people say you’re too heavy, too thin, just right, whatever. While I’d encourage the most healthy of diets, it’s up to each individual to decide what works for them. But, please remember, there’s a difference between eating a lot of food and being well nourished.