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No Such Thing As Ideal Body Weight
Monday, February 03, 2014 3:51 pm Email this article
Many patients on their first visit ask how much they should weigh? I answer, simply, “less”.
There is no such thing as ideal body weight. There is only an ideal body weight range, and it is surprisingly wide. After all, what does “ideal” mean? To me, reasonably, it can only mean the weight at which the patients are least likely to get sick, the weight at which they are most likely to live the longest. It’s a wide range. The body is not such a delicate flower–it is resilient.
What else would “ideal weight” mean?
To husbands, it means the weight at which their curvy wife is less likely to complain about her weight, least likely to ask questions such as “Honey, do I look fat?” There is no safe answer to this question; the only reasonable response is to run away.
To wives, it means the weight at which they can wear the dress they like or impress certain girlfriends.
To men in general, it means the weight at which they are the healthiest or sexiest or whatever. Men have different ideas, if they think about weight at all.
The point is not to focus on a specific number. Numbers are just a thing. Things do not matter in life; only relationships and ideas do. I want my patients to be at a lower weight, because that’s what they hired me to do. Beyond that, I want them to know true things. Not the endless, vain, stupid, fantasy crap that is the focus of American culture.
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