Obesity is not a weight issue, it is a body fat issue
Let’s put something to rest that’s been weighing heavily (no pun intended) on my mind for the past year or so.
It seems, as a society, the almighty scale continues to dominate our beliefs as to whether or not we are healthy human beings. So, allow me to dispel the rumors and speak to the truth once and for all. How much you weight has nothing to do with how healthy you are!
Your body fat percentage is the only factor that should be taken into consideration as to whether or not you are healthy. It is not your weight. It is not your BMI. It is your body fat percentage. Period.
Obesity is not a weight issue, it is a body fat issue. I cannot begin to tell you how many 110# females I have worked with over the years who are technically, morbidly obese. Allow me to explain.
If you weigh 110 lbs and you are 40% body fat, you are morbidly obese. If you are 200# and 15% body fat, you are extremely healthy. Do you see how a person’s weight has little to no affect on their health?
Let’s use an illustration with two women. We will call them Woman A and Woman B. Woman A is 40 years old, 5’6”, and 145#. Woman B is 40 years old, 5’6”, and 145 lbs as well. Woman A is 40% body fat. Woman B is 20% body fat. Woman A is morbidly obese. Woman B is fit and healthy. However, they are both the same age, height, and weight. If you were to look at a BMI index, they would both fall into the same ‘box’. However, Woman A is high risk for a number of obesity related diseases and Woman B has a minute percentage of those same risks.
It is time to stop looking at the scale and start looking at our body fat percentages. Losing ‘weight’ is not the same thing as losing ‘fat’. Allow me to drive this point home one last time. Let’s take Gentleman A as the example this time.
Gentleman A is 200# and 40% body fat. Gentleman A decides that he wants to get healthy by going on a diet and losing ‘weight’. Gentleman A does this and loses 20# on the scale. So now he weights 180#. However, only 8# of his ‘weight loss’ was actual fat. Guess what??? His body fat percentage is still 40%. So did he get healthier? No! Don’t focus on losing weight. Focus on losing fat. Had he only lost the 8# of fat and nothing else, he would have ended up with a lower body fat percentage, and thus healthier.
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