What Is A Healthy Body Image and Weight?

Many of us are not happy with our bodies in some way. We want smaller thighs, a flatter stomach, nicer arms, etc. But when it comes to our bodies, the most important thing we can do is cultivate a healthy body image and a healthy overall body weight.

Our bodies and the skin on our bodies are similar to a rubber balloon. If you don’t have enough fat or air in your body, the balloon is deflated, wrinkled and sagging. If you have the right amount of fat in your body or air in the balloon your skin is taught, but not stretched. Finally if you have too much fat or air in the balloon the skin stretches. Ideally you want the second scenario where you have enough fat to inflate the balloon and keep the skin taught. Understanding this and the fact that everyone’s body is different is the first step to obtaining a healthy body image.

Let’s look at this balloon analogy with regards to how we age. When we reach the age of twenty-five many skincare professionals say the collagen in our face starts to degrade and disappear. Therefore as we get older our face tends to become longer and leaner, with more defined cheekbones. When our bodies don’t have enough fat, this loss of collagen is more noticeable sooner in our lives, and can often leave us with the appearance of sagging skin. When our bodies have a healthy amount of fat in its face, the degradation of collagen in our skin merely leaves us with a leaner looking face. Finally, when our bodies have too much fat, the loss of collagen in our face is less noticeable due to the overabundance of fat in our skin. This is why individuals who are heavier earlier in their life and then lose weight tend to look younger than other individuals of the same age.

So what is a healthy weight for your body? Thankfully there are many resources now available on the web that allows us to quickly calculate what a healthy BMI or Body Mass Index is for our bodies using our height and our weight as measuring standards. BMI is not the only calculation we should look at if we want to get a better assessment of our body’s overall health, but it’s a good start. Knowing what our percent body fat and height to waist ratio are also important factors in determining overall body health.

It is important to be conscious of your body in order to have a healthy body image, but not too conscious. Having some fat on your body is not a bad thing, only the lack of fat or the excessive presence of fat is what can be dangerous to our health. Use the health resources available on the internet as a reference to see if you’re keeping your body healthy.

Catherine E.P. Gray is the President & Founder of Inside-Out Beauty, LLC a full service image consulting company based in New York City that enables clients to achieve thei