“At least I’m thinner than her.”
“She may be skinny but she hasn’t got my boobs.”
She’s my height but a size smaller, should I be the same?”
“I weigh less but I look fatter. It’s so not fair.”
Sound familiar? Well, stop right there, please! When it comes to weight we constantly compare ourselves to other women, but this is ridiculous on so many levels.
Firstly, we’re all different and carry weight in different ways. Secondly, neither the scales nor your clothes size can indicate whether you are at a healthy weight or not. It is a lot more complicated than that, and there are simply too many factors to consider before you can settle on an accurate answer.
Like what I hear you ask? Well…
• Some people’s bones and skeletal frame can be larger and weightier than others
• Muscle is denser and therefore heavier than fat
• You weight changes during the day
• Your menstrual cycle affects your weight – you can gain 2-10 pounds!
• Clothes sizes differ from shop to shop
• Racial and genetical variants affect how much you weigh
• Medication and certain illnesses can affect how much you weigh
But what about BMI? It a topic often debated by healthcare professionals, but many scientists and doctors believe it’s inaccurate. A more reliable process is said to be the waist to height ratio method.
At the end of the day, if you eat sensibly and exercise regularly the rest is just pointless numbers. Speak to your GP if you are really worried about your weight, but as long as you have a clean bill of health and you feel happy and confident in your body, that’s all that matters.
Embrace your differences!