Something to think about…

I am currently reading, “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins.  I’ll be honest with you–I have not been doing a whole lot besides raising my 10 month old, growing the baby inside me, and feeling quite sick.  Laying around doing nothing goes against everything I have been writing about in this blog, but the more I seem to move the more likely it seems to be that I will hurl.  Pregnancy is a beautiful miracle and I do not want to come across as complaining, however, the fact of the matter is that I simply can’t wait until the second trimester.  The bright side of not feeling well is that I don’t feel guilty sitting on my couch reading a good book.

In the midst of my reading adventures I came across a quote that I thought would be good to share with you.  Collins compares two different cultures in her book,

In District 12, looking old is something of an achievement since so many people die early.  You see an elderly person, you want to congratulate them on their longevity, ask the secret of survival.  A plump person is envied because they aren’t scraping by like the majority of us.  But here it is different.  Wrinkles aren’t desirable.  A round belly isn’t a sign of success.

This quote caught my attention because of how our society has changed over the years.  What is considered healthy now looks much different than what would be healthy 50 years ago.  We are surrounded by media that shows us extremely thin women and since we see it so much on TV, in movies, magazines, etc., I am realizing how it has affected my perception of what the standard is.  When a public figure gains weight, it is sure to be talked about even if they are in a perfectly healthy weight range.  Here are some statistics that shocked me:

Ultimately, it comes down to a healthy lifestyle.  If you have been reading my blog it is no surprise that I am saying this.  Be thankful that you have food in your kitchen–don’t starve yourself to be thin.  Our bodies are designed so that if we are starving ourselves, it will try to store anything it can into fat so that it will survive a famine.  Our bodies are also designed so that if we eat too much throughout a long period of time, a multitude of health problems can occur.  Find a happy medium–a healthy medium, and allow yourself to enjoy life without worrying about what you look like.  Stop comparing! And stop criticizing.

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