When it comes to body image, fitness and wellness is an area where there’s a lot of confusion.
A new report from the Mayo Clinic and the National Institutes of Health suggests there’s more to understanding what’s healthy than just looking like the right size.
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There’s also a lot to consider when it comes with body image and how to get your body looking the way you want it to look.
The Mayo Clinic’s Body Image in America 2017 report is one of the best-selling, best-reviewed and most comprehensive books in the fitness industry, and it’s now being used in schools and classrooms across the country.
“People need to know what their bodies look like and how they want to look,” says Jennifer Kavanagh, founder and CEO of the Mayo Center for Fitness, Health and Wellness.
“I believe it is a powerful tool to help people with health problems, and I think we’re seeing a lot more of it in the education system and in the media.”
Here are some of the most common misconceptions about body image in the United States:You don’t need to be skinny or muscular to have good body imageThe Mayo Center report says body image is about how your body feels, and the Mayo Health website explains that a body that feels “slimy, fat, or unattractive” may be a sign that you need to start working out more.
The Mayo Center also points out that “a thin or muscular body is more likely to be perceived as being unhealthy.”
If you’re fat, you’re unattractiveThe Mayo Institute explains that people with a “normal body shape” have “a normal body image” because they are “more likely to identify with healthy, beautiful bodies.”
But if you’re not thin or have an “obese body shape,” you may feel ashamed of your body.
And you may not want to work out if you have a body shape that’s considered unattractive, because that might make you feel like you’re “not beautiful.”
You’re not healthy if you weigh more than 200 poundsYou don://t mean to be mean, but the Mayo Institute says “thinness and obesity are the most prevalent health problems in the U.S. and are linked to the use of unhealthy weight-loss products and to the risk of obesity-related chronic diseases.”
The Mayo Institute points out, “We know that a diet that’s low in carbohydrates, protein, and fats can actually be unhealthy, because these are the factors that can contribute to weight gain.”
If you weigh 200 pounds or more, your body is likely to look unhealthy.
If you’re overweight or obese, you may want to start eating more lean protein and eating healthy fats to lower your risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.
If you weigh 160 pounds or less, your weight may be just a factor of habit, not biologyIt’s OK to be thinIf you don’t have a BMI of 20 or above, you don-t need to have a weight that’s out of line with the average American woman.
It’s also possible to be healthy and fit without weighing more than 150 pounds.
This is because weight-related factors, such as body shape, are not directly tied to body fat.
The bodybuilding community doesn’t have body image problemsThe Mayo Health organization suggests that anyone who wants to lose weight should be working on their diet and exercising regularly.
“Body image is not a disease,” Kavanaugh says.
“If you feel that you are unhealthy, and you want to lose it, then it’s very important to talk to your health care provider and find out if there is a treatment or diet that works for you.”
The Mayo Institutes recommends that you seek medical help if you feel unwell, and to work with your doctor if you are struggling to lose a lot or if you’ve developed a chronic health condition.