Can You Look Healthy and Be Unhealthy?

The adage, “never judge a book by its cover,” can be tough to put into practice, especially when construed with fitness and health. For example, is it possible to look healthy and be unhealthy? If you pay attention to TV, look at magazine covers or follow social media, it’s possible. The media would have you believe someone thin or muscular, in a general sense, is healthy and fit, while someone not as toned or perhaps considered overweight is often looked at as unhealthy.

Can looks be deceiving? Is there more than meets the eye to health than a number on a scale or a size on a store rack? Absolutely.

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Separating Thinness From Health and Fitness

You may have seen a few images of the various body shapes and sizes of Olympic Athletes floating around the internet lately (some showing more skin than others). These are the strongest, fastest, most accomplished athletes on the planet. But as you’ll notice, they look very different from each other. Not only are they different heights and weights, the build of a weightlifter is not the build of a basketball player, or a gymnast. This is the most striking example of why we must separate our ideas—our paradigm, if you will—of what health and fitness look like. Healthy people come in all shapes and sizes, and thinness does not necessarily indicate health. Continue reading Separating Thinness From Health and Fitness