So today I had to go to doctor to get a physical and I left the office feeling rather ticked off. My doctor handed me all of these pamphlets about loosing weight, eating right, exercising, and yada yada. She told me that I was borderline overweight for my height to weight ratio and that I was ‘at risk.’ When I tried to tell her that I was perfectly fine with my weight and my body and that I had finally come to an acceptance of myself, she told me- ’it’s not about the emotions, it’s about the facts.’ See, doctors like this are the cause of girls starving themselves or developing anorexia. No matter how thin you are, they always want you to be thinner because supposedly thinner = healthier. It’s unrealistically for me, a girl who is not even 5’3, to weigh much less than I do now. For me to be in the proper body mass index that I should be, I would have to be starving myself to get my weight down that much. How is that right…? Someone who is 5’7 can eat more and weight more because they’re taller, but because I’m so short I’m expected to weigh much less or I’m ‘overweight?’ Not everyone is the same and has to fit into the stupid chart. Some 5’3 girls are naturally going to be thin and that’s okay. Some, like myself, are going to be curvy and have fat on them and that’s okay. I’m just tired of people telling me to loose weight and that being skinny means being healthy and happy. Someone who maybe fits into the right body mass index could be eating nothing all day and the doctor would say, ’ oh yes! You’re right where you should be.’ When in reality, that girl is fueled by the doctor saying she is perfectly fine as she is when she’s starving herself. It’s not right.
I understand the importance of eating right and exercising to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but I just think doctors are so unrealistic to think that everyone has to fit into a certain category to be healthy. Healthy comes in many different shapes or sizes, but in the end that chart doesn’t matter. I’d don’t care what my doctor says. Emotions do override facts. Loving yourself is more important than the number of the scale.