Yesterday, I posted this pie chart to my Instagram story. I didn’t expect to see it get such a large response.
I can’t speak from a woman’s perspective, so I won’t try to.
However, I can say from my own experience, being an overweight child meant I had very little body positivity.
My heroes were the Power Rangers, WWE Wrestlers and Superheroes. None of them looked like me.
For God’s sake, I’m about 5 weeks from being the leanest I’ve ever been and I still get grief from people on how I look. From ‘huh, you don’t look like you can run fast’ to ‘I preferred you when you had more meat on you’ (both actual quotes), I’ve had it all.
There’s certainly no harm in wanting to improve something, whether it’s upgrading the car we drive, the job we have, or the body we live in.
Whether we admit it or not, we all care about how we look. And all of us want to like what we see when we look in the mirror.
Achieving the ideal body is up to us and is based around how we define it. The qualities behind getting and sustaining a better body are admirable ones. I admire the discipline of bodybuilders and the ironclad work ethic of professional athletes. I am not here to pick a fight with people who desire six-pack abs.
More important than the aesthetic of our bodies is a sense of real health and wellness. Big arms and big butts aren’t necessarily true pictures of what health looks like.
So what is the ideal body type? In the end, it comes down to finding your own best body.