An article from the Vancover Sun asked these questions:
What's more important to your health: eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, or sporting a healthy waist-line? What about an active lifestyle vs. an optimal body mass index (or BMI, a measure of height vs. weight)?
Most medical professionals and organizations seem to think being in that arcane 18.5 to 24.9 BMI range is the most important thing you can do for your health. Even if never in your adult life you have been in that range and all attempts end up making you fatter. My healthy weight using that standard would put me at 154 lbs. A number I've never been at even at the best of my dieting days.
Going back the past few weeks about the scare monger campaign of CHOA and the Disney portrayal of fat people as villains, an article in CNN points out the increase of fat hatred and fear of fat in young children.
Children pick up on stated and unstated messages from their parents and media starting from the time they can open their eyes, quickly learning what the ideal person for their gender looks like. When parents are more concerned with weight, the children are more likely to have the same concerns.
It's bad enough that children have to deal with teasing from their peers but they don't need it from adults as well. CHOA thought they were helping children by being scary. All these scare tactics do is create a fear of fat. Kids make fun of you and adults tell you will get horrible diseases and die early if you aren't thin.
Linda Bacon's article in the Huffington Post points out
In other words, as long as we're focused on changing our bodies -- which the data shows isn't going to happen for most people, anyway -- we are missing the real benefits that come from caring for our bodies.
We need to break the dieting habit and learn the most important one, really caring for your body. Listen to it, give it foods and movement it likes. Don't starve it, don't hurt it. Just accept we all don't come from the same cookie cutter.