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1465: The Truth About Health At Every Size | Mind Pump

Key Takeaways

  • Pop magazines shouldn’t be your source of health and wellness
  • The real “healthy at any size” movement has been highjacked
  • Don’t compare person to person: an overweight person is not less healthy than a lean bodybuilder who abuses steroids, extreme diets, and doesn’t sleep
  • We have normalized obesity in part because food is a more acceptable addiction than others
  • Objectively, your health will improve if you are within a healthy range of body fat
  • Don’t equate love with simply not hating yourself

Introduction

The Mind Pump hosts are Sal Di Stefano (IG: @mindpumpsal), Adam Schafer (IG: @mindpumpadam) and Justin Andrews (IG: @mindpumpjustin).

In this episode, hosts Sal, Adam & Justin discuss the Cosmopolitan Magazine health at every size movement, what “health at every size” actually means, the different ways health can look, and loving yourself as an action, not just a feeling.

The Actual “Health At Any Size” Movement

  • Pop magazines shouldn’t be your source of health and wellness
  • The real “health at any size” movement has been highjacked
  • Tenants of the actual “healthy at any size” movement: discourages extreme dieting, body insecurity, loving your body and taking care of it, exercising in a healthy way (i.e., not overtraining)

The Normalization Of Obesity

  • We didn’t really see such rampant obesity until processed foods became widely consumed
  • The majority of Americans are obese and a high percentage are morbidly obese
  • We have normalized being overweight
  • Food addiction is rampant in part because food has been engineered to trigger overeating and overconsumption
  • Thought exercise: you probably can’t eat five baked potatoes in one sitting but can easily take down a bag of potato chips
  • Food is a more accepted drug than other sources

“Healthy” Can Look Different

  • Don’t compare person to person: there are genetic differences in the way our bodies carry weight
  • Not everyone that is overweight is necessarily unhealthy
  • Objectively, your health will improve if you are within a healthy range of body fat
  • Some fitness competitors are the unhealthiest group of people
  • An overweight person is not less healthy than a lean bodybuilder who abuses steroids, extreme diets, and doesn’t sleep

Love Is An Action

  • Health isn’t about living longer, it’s living better – and your quality of life improves
  • Love is an action, not a feeling
  • You don’t allow your child to eat candy and junk food all day because you care about their health – this is no different
  • Don’t equate love with not hating yourself
  • Loving yourself means you have a sense of discipline and check your indulgences
  • Tenants of loving yourself: eat right and exercise in a way that takes care of you

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