Looking Good or Being Healthy

I was watching television the other evening and looking at the thinness of the women on there. Their hips are narrow. Since reading Weston A Price’s book I find myself looking at faces. Are they full? What are the teeth like. Such preoccupations actually makes me somewhat enjoy American Idol where I can see “ordinary” kids looking “ordinary”.

However, many of these young people are very thin. Too thin. These young women have very narrow hips. I think about Dr. Price talking about painless childbirth because of the shape of the bones and birth canal. None of these women have that. What they do have is the ideal of thinness that so many women strive for.

As I sat there, munching on my apples (cooked in butter and cinnamon) I had to consider that these women were setting themselves up for a lot of health problems. Eating a high fat diet, full of good fats and proteins will bring a person to their appropriate weight, which is likely to be heavier than the cultural ideal. Given a choice, how many people would choose to be underweight and unhealthy just to look fashionable rather than choose their ideal weight and be healthy?

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Bonnie Koenig has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999. She is passionate about helping people find real healing and real health. In the process she keeps asking about our attitudes towards sickness and health. Only by being clear on what sickness is, can we ever find health.

5 thoughts on “Looking Good or Being Healthy”

  1. Hi,
    I stumbled upon this blog posting, and it’s an issue I feel a need to comment on. I definitely agree with you that our media has an unhealthy ideal for beauty and that many women and men have suffered for it. I too see plenty of very undernourished looking women quite often on TV or modeling clothes, etc.

    However, one should never assume that someone very thin is undereating or is unhealthy. I am a young, healthy woman who has always been quite thin and I have many memories, especially when I was a pre-teen of people commenting on how skinny I was, how I “need to eat”. This to a girl who ate as much as her Dad and big brother! These comments hurt just as much as someone walking up to an overweight person and saying “Wow, you sure are fat, you should eat less”. Can you imagine anyone saying such a thing! Yet, when you are very thin, people seem to think that gives them free reign to judge you, and suspect you must be doing something unnatural to be so thin. I think this is the other side to our country’s unhealthy attitude about weight, food and health.

    I have always eaten a high calorie, high fat diet, I grew up eating home cooked, nourishing meals including TONS of seafood/shellfish, meat, eggs, butter, olive oil and homegrown fruits and veggies. I love food, follow a Weston Price type diet, and let me tell you, I am not shy with the butter, lard and cheese! I am 5′ 4″ and usually barely break 100 lbs. I practice belly dance occasionally but I don’t work out otherwise. I just wanted to present a perspective that I don’t think is often heard regarding this issue because I get tired of people saying that I look like I probably don’t eat much (I live in the South, so these comments are not rare!) I personally think that the fact that I have always been thin is related to the fact that I have always eaten a high fat/fairly high protein diet and don’t crave starchy refined carbs. You are absolutely right that when one eats a balanced, nourishing diet they will end up at the weight that is most natural to them; I just want people to know that for many, that weight may be quite thin.

  2. Hi Hannah,

    Thanks for commenting. I certainly appreciate the other side of the perspective. I do have women who have the other side of the issue. As a healthcare practitioner, I meet these women because of health conditions and some of them do struggle with keeping weight on the minute they get sick simply because their body does hold weight easily. As an acupuncture, I know that these women have the same energetic imbalance as woman who is very overweight and can’t seem to loose weight. Interesting, isn’t it?

    I certainly don’t mean to imply that seeing a thin woman means that I think she is unhealthy. I was looking mostly at facial structure and I was struck by one woman that had a very thin narrow face as well as a thin body structure. These are bone structure issues that Dr. Price discusses in his book, which I think is fascinating. I was struck more by build than the amount of fat on the bones. The latter we can work on. The former we can’t. Unfortunately it is often the former that people are so proud of and women and men try to cram their size 16 bones into size 6 clothing sizes through starvation.

  3. Yes, it is very interesting to consider how an imbalance can cause someone to put on too much weight or not be able to gain weight. I am assuming that hormones must play a big role, I can think of girls i knew as a teenager who were so skinny and no matter what they did they couldn’t gain weight. They seemed to have delayed puberty, and once they got farther into their 20’s all of a sudden they “filled out” and while still thin they had much more curvy and womanly bodies. I wander if some hormonal change occurred that caused this.
    After becoming familiar with Dr. Price’s work, I too found myself noticing facial structure much more. Before, I had no idea that nutrition had anything to do with facial structure. I have quite a square jaw and I never appreciated it until I learned all this stuff. When I was younger I wished my face was more narrow, now I have a new appreciation for my wide face!
    Heres to more butter for everyone!

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