All about Weight Control

weight controlSo many girls who fall into the pattern of having an eating disorder and people think it’s mainly because of insecurities. What they don’t know is that it’s as much about insecurity as it is weight control issues. It’s an aspect that isn’t usually investigated in most cases.

Weight is one of the relatively easier things to fix about one’s self. Consequently, it has some connotations both good and bad and has been a huge factor in self-esteem. It’s funny how something as insignificant as the measurement of one’s mass has become the forefront of superficial targeting.

One more thing that I’ve observed over the years is that weight control is not just a personal task. Parents of overweight children, sometimes, get in on the act. While I can certainly understand that it stems from concern, it’s also a ground for unnecessary insecurity in children.

I cannot stress enough that children should always be made to feel good about themselves. I’m not suggesting that parents lie to their children about health but I suppose it’s not too much to ask that they be a little bit kinder. Weight control sounds a little too harsh to me.

For example, maybe instead of just being obsessive about portion control, parents could also be involved in their children’s physical activities. And it shouldn’t just be a matter of correcting the problem when there is a problem. Playing with your kids should be a natural thing—not a prevention measure.

As an adult, it is relatively harder to manipulate one’s weight but there is also more pressure to remain fixated on just this one thing. When you are receptive to the majority’s ideas of what you should be, it’s easy to fall into the confines of counting calories. It seems that the message is everyone is shaped differently but only one shape can be beautiful.

weight controlWeight control in these situations is a little extreme. Obviously, we all know what we should do in order to be healthy. But when we preoccupy ourselves with a number, the pursuit of health turns into a bid to fit a cut-out that we were never meant to fit.

The thing is control is such a strong word; weight control is even more daunting. It connotes ideas of obsession and an ideology that weight is something to master—you are weak when you cannot even will yourself to starve to a lower number. How troubling that everything that that is prefaced by the word “weight” is already seen as a negative.

How did this happen? When did we start thinking of this word as dirty and depressing? Can we build a schema that recognizes it as just another number, a measurement that in no way defines who we are?

I think we can, but it would take a campaign as extensive as the one that the media is perpetuating in regards to a disapproving picture of the word “weight.” By realizing that weight control just denotes the idea of a healthy middle ground between the ideal and what is, we can counter the norm. And I, for one, hope that we do contradict this message.