Weds 30th September 2020 is Women’s Health & Fitness day so I was doing a bit of research and Googled “Women’s health & fitness” and at the top of all “women’s health & fitness” topics was weight loss…
I’m sorry, what?
So you’re telling me, Google, that a woman’s primary focus when it comes to her health & fitness should be weight loss?
I don't think so.
Don’t get me wrong, this is not Google’s doing per se, this is the doing of multi-billion dollar industries - Diet Culture & Fitness Industry - who place the primary focus of a woman’s health on her weight and body size.
Whilst this is sad & incorrect it is also dangerous; companies that promote “weight loss” as the top reason to embark on a conversation or journey about women's health & fitness are belittling women's health down to how small she can make her body...no pun intended.
THIS IS DANGEROUS.
(I feel like you can probably hear how angry I am about this and how loudly I am banging the keys on my laptop!)
Women's health & fitness is so, so, SO much more than this; according to MedlinePlus the term “Women's health” refers to the branch of medicine that focuses on the treatment and diagnosis of diseases and conditions that affect a woman's physical and emotional well-being…
DISEASES & CONDITIONS.
Nowhere in that do I read weight loss, do you?!
By social media (and media in general!) focusing on weight-loss as the sole purpose for embarking on better health & fitness, this encourages us women to focus solely on the size of our bodies and the number on scale rather than focussing on how we **feel**.
And I can tell you from personal experience that at my smallest, I was most certainly not at my healthiest.
So let it be known, Diet Culture & Fitness Industry, that a woman’s health has nothing to do with how much she weighs or the latest and most ridiculous “tips & tricks” on how to lose weight quickly and, to put it bluntly, this emphasis on weight loss has got to stop.
Until next time,