The pressure for perfection on our bodies leads thousands of people to suffer from eating disorders (ED) and it is clear that the weight-centric approach does not help either.

Many associate this type of disorder with obesity or anorexia. However, this disorder includes all maladaptive ways of relating to food. The problem is that some disorders are more socially accepted than others and fit better with stereotypes. The cult of thinness is currently mediatized as a positive value associated with health and well-being. Being thin is associated with beauty and success. A concept based on weight that is inserted and internalized at an early age as essential characteristics for success.

But what is meant by weight-centrism? The obsession with weight without taking into account the state of health. The population has internalized that the important thing is to have a low weight because high weight is related to poor health (cardiovascular problems, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes mellitus…) without taking into account that low weight does not imply good health.

Weight in itself is an empty parameter that does not provide us with clear or objective information; it is only the result of the sum of all the parameters that make up body composition. Among them are the percentage of fat, muscle mass, body water, bone mineral, waste… but the number alone does not provide us with information about a person’s health.

Although we weigh ourselves every day under similar conditions, there are many factors that can alter the weight, such as the state of hydration, the previous day’s intake, alcohol, drugs, physical exercise, the menstrual cycle or a high salt intake.

Normal weight is not always synonymous with good health.

For this reason, and beyond the number indicated by the scale, the important thing is to be well nourished and that the health parameters are within the values considered healthy.

Currently, the word diet is synonymous with restriction, calculation of kilocalories, guilt, obsession… although diet is really the food that any person eats every day.

Current beauty stereotypes are not healthy. Being thin is not synonymous with being healthy, nor will it help you achieve a higher status. We should not set our goals based on a number. For this reason, it is not necessary to weigh ourselves every time we want to know if we have lost weight. There are other indicators to assess progress, such as anthropometric measurements: measurement of waist circumference, hip, chest…. These are much healthier measurements since they are not focused on the number on the scale.
There are many other factors that influence the fact of being healthy such as having energy, resting well, being nourished, having a good mood, good digestion?

Weighing too much can become obsessive and lead us to draw wrong conclusions… while weighing too little denotes that we do not want to be aware that we are making bad habits.

The ideal would be to weigh yourself one day a week always in the same conditions, for example in your underwear, before eating or drinking, after urinating and always on the same day of the week (better in the middle of the week).

In addition, to keep a good record of results, it is advisable to take measurements of body contours: waist, chest and hips, to have a better picture of your body.

The key is to listen to your body’s sensations

Weight-centeredness is often associated with frustration, non-conformity, restrictive diets, anxieties, obsessions… We have spent years behind a canon of thinness that may have been accentuated with the rise of the networks, although it has always been there.

Perhaps now we have become accustomed to seeing more varied bodies and this obsession with extreme thinness is no longer so marked. Fortunately, a dynamic focused on health and feeling good is beginning to develop.

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