The Healthy Weight Myths Series: “Healthy” Means “Skinny”

We are working our way through a series to bust healthy weight myths and learn how to reach and maintain a healthy weight. If you haven’t read it, please be sure to start with the introduction so that we’re all on the same page. 🙂

A skinny person is not always healthy and a healthy person is not always skinny. So often, people equate the two, but they are not the same thing! Yes, a “skinny” woman may be healthy and a larger woman may be unhealthy, but that’s not always true. A very slender woman may be horribly unhealthy, while a woman with an “extra” twenty pounds may be very nourished and healthy.

Losing Weight Isn’t a Bad Goal

Please don’t panic and think I’m telling you that it’s not okay to want to lose excess weight. That’s a fantastic goal, if you truly need to lose the weight. It is just the wrong thing to have as the primary motivation. Becoming healthy isn’t necessarily something that happens because a person loses weight. Losing excess weight is usually a byproduct of becoming healthy, though! 😉 If it isn’t, then there are other problems going on that we will address in another post.

Look Healthy or Be Healthy?

When a person thinks that they need to lose weight to be healthier, what they usually mean is that they want to lose weight so that they appear healthier. Yes, if you have hundreds of pounds of excess weight on your body, there are many health benefits to reducing your weight. Not all of the methods of doing it will actually be beneficial to your health, though. People often damage their bodies in the effort to lose weight, thinking that weight-loss at all costs is the most important thing. But if losing your health is the cost of losing weight, is it really worth it? (Can I get a resounding, “NO!” from the audience??)

Healthy≠Skinny, Healthy=Nourished

A healthy person may be slender/skinny, but not always. A nourished person, though, is a healthy person (barring any serious illnesses they may be battling). If our goal is to be nourished and healthy, we’ll be well on the way to being at a healthy weight, too! Later, we’ll be addressing what that means for different people. I, for example, have never had and will never have super model thighs. I will never be “skinny” in that area, but I can certainly be healthy and attractive to my husband (more on that later, too!!).

If a body is nourished and there are no other physical or emotional problems, it can lose excess weight. Does that mean “nourished” equals “slender/skinny”? Not necessarily. But if we can all focus on nourishing our bodies, first, we can then deal with other issues causing excess weight. We can eventually get to bodies that are healthy, fit, energetic and strong. Later in the series, we’ll be covering “nourishing” foods.

Who’s In??

Whether you have some excess weight to lose or not, are you excited about getting healthier?? I am! I’d love to hear from you and learn about your goals and what struggles you could use some encouragement on. 🙂

5 comments to The Healthy Weight Myths Series: “Healthy” Means “Skinny”

  • Breanna

    I gained a good bit of weight (60 lbs) when my husband and I started dating. I’ve never been healthy and have always hated vegetables. In my last month of pregnancy I became very sick, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea so bad I had to go get fluids twice in a week. When my son was born he was always irritable. I cut out dairy and he got a little better and so did I. I cut out gluten a few weeks later and we were both better! I had no choice but to start learning to cook and eat veggies since I only had 3 food groups left. I had been trying to lose weight for 5 years and after my son was born, I decided healthy was what I needed more than skinny. After improving my diet (still not completely there yet) I noticed Friday my jeans were too big! I through out my scales when I through out my weightloss goals so I’m not sure how much I’ve lost, but I certainly feel better!

    • Good for you for all the progress you’ve made, Breanna!! After mono and an abscessed tooth, I know how much it means to feel better. I hope that eventually we will all get to where we feel healthy and energetic! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your story, Breanna!

  • I said the word “skinny” on facebook a week or so ago and got eaten alive. LOL

    • LOL! I thought about saying “slim” or “slender” but those imply “fit” to me. Seems like people are okay with me using “skinny” for the time being. I did get my head ripped off for having “an unorganized blog” first thing this morning, though. Everyone’s a critic. 😉

  • You make such a great point in this post! I’m naturally a slim build and have had season of being very healthy and very unhealthy. At my lowest weight, I was so sick due to hormone imbalances and stress. Right now we are dairy free due to allergies in my boys and just starting to eat gluten free (considering grain free). I feel the healthiest I have in a long time.

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