Celebrities’ Weight Loss Might Be Setting Us Up For Failure – Experts

The fitness industry thrives on the idea that people can transform their bodies to look like celebrities, but it might be setting them up for failure. We all know that famous figures are under a microscope and every aspect of their lives is scrutinized by the media, including how they look. But there seems to be a disconnect between what we see in magazines and movies starring these celebs and reality. It’s no wonder many overweight or obese people feel discouraged after seeing one too many magazine cover with a celebrity who has miraculously shed pounds overnight.

This probably all sounds like a broken record, but please define what is meant by “obese” and/or “overweight.” The terms mean different things to different people. To some women, overweight means 160 pounds. To other women, it’s 145 pounds. Let’s not even talk about the difference between obese and overfat because obesity is an entirely “made up” medical condition. A BMI calculator will give you a number between 14 and 40-something, which the medical establishment says puts you in this made up category of “obesity.” I’ve got news for fat haters: you can be obese and perfectly fit and healthy.

When it comes to fitness, we should be celebrating diversity and different body types. Instead, we too often just see one body type for what a fitness model or bikini pro is supposed to look like. And that’s not real.

In my opinion, society puts too much emphasis on weight as a marker for health and happiness. A study from the University of Florida found that the correlation between happiness and weight is very, very weak. Overweight women who felt confident in their bodies were just as happy as their thinner counterparts.

One study from Yale University found that overweight people are more likely to face discrimination at work because of their size. And this doesn’t only apply to the workforce. A 2008 study published in the International Journal of Obesity followed more than 5,000 children and found that overweight girls consistently experienced lower self-esteem than other kids.

These studies show us that weight isn’t everything (and can even be irrelevant). There are many things you can do to be fit and healthy outside the context of a number on the scale or your size in clothing. The bottom line is that we’re all unique and we all deserve to be respected and celebrated. There’s no one definition of “fit” or “healthy” because every body is different.

Are you fit enough to be a fitness model? Not if the standards set by the industry are anything to go by. Fitness models are supposed to have disproportionately long legs,a tiny waist and a thigh gap. As I mentioned in a previous blog post , this doesn’t just set up unreasonable expectations for regular folks, but also fitness models themselves. If you don’t have the right genes from birth, there’s no way you’re going to be able to attain these standards without extensive plastic surgery.

Fitness spokespeople are supposed to be able to talk about nutrition and dieting, even though they may not have extensive education or experience themselves. And then the advice they give out is often harmful , like telling people that eating processed carbs will make them fat, or that eating at night makes you gain weight.

The fitness industry leads us to believe that if we just had the right workout routine or diet, we could all look like fitness models and bikini competitors. This couldn’t be further from the truth, as witnessed by those very same fitness models . It’s time to stop glorifying one body type and celebrate diversity in all its forms.

Obese is when your weight gets in the way of your quality of life. This means that you cannot do the things that you want to do because of your weight. If your doctor tells you your health is at risk due to obesity, then it’s time to consider yourself seriously obese.