I don’t know why, but I decided to browse Self Magazines Website today. Out of curiosity I clicked on their “happy weight” calculator. I plugged in my info and discovered, according to them I need to lose around 65lbs to be happy. Not only happy but apparently healthy as well since the claim was “Happy Weight is a simple way to gauge how healthy your weight is for your height.” One could assume from their calculations that I must be pretty darn unhealthy.
However at my current weight I have no chronic illness or symptoms of any. At my current weight I have blood work, that indicates all is well in range. At my current weight I have a resting heart rate in the low 50’s . At my current weight I exersize 4-6 times per week and have been exercising consistently for almost 2 yrs. At my current weight my body is functional, I can walk, run, jump, squat and maneuver my body in the ways I need and want to. At my current weight I eat a diet with very little processed foods, simple carbs and sugar. At my current weight I have a positive relationship with food, absent of guilt and abuse.
I think I am TOO BIG for their little calculator. Because it seems to me that I am healthy and happy weighing 225lbs.
I could go into a rant, get angry, explain why this “happy weight” calculator is sad and wrong and contributes to a culture making women sad and utterly miserable about their bodies- short changing the full possibility of their emotional health and quite possibly their physical health as well. That health and weight can be correlated at best, but often have very little to do with each other. But I’ll stop and say this:
A number, any number, can and will never, ever make you happy…. period.
Be happy now.