Beyond the number

Like you, I get sponsored Facebook posts all the time in my feed.  It’s becoming increasingly irritating that folks whose status updates I do want to see are being blocked, and my status updates are being viewed by only a fraction of those who are my friends/followers – unless we pay Facebook to sponsor posts and increase viewership.

I don’t click on sponsored posts specifically because I don’t want to reward either the Facebook algorithm or the advertiser.  This time, however, I was curious about the comments. With such a leading statement in the status, there is an insinuation of an “ideal” shape, implying that 3 is too large and 1 is too small. If healthy and fit, shape doesn’t matter, and I was surprised how many mentioned that in the comments.

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Yes, many commentors agreed they wanted to be a 2, but more said 2.5 would be their preference while lots said 3 looked great. Very few chose 1 and that surprised me. Perhaps it’s an indicator that the general social mood has moved away from the societal demand to be ultra-thin.

Here are some good questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you make healthful eating choices most of the time?
  • Are you regularly active? Say 3 or 4 times a week, going for a brisk walk, swim or jog, doing yoga, Pilates, martial arts, dancing or some other kind of exercise?
    (Check out Participaction’s Facebook Page – lots of great ideas for sneaking in exercise, even 5 or 10 minutes while at work.)
  • Do you have good energy and stamina, consistent throughout the day?
  • Can you do pretty much everything you want with strength, endurance and freedom of movement?

If your body seems to sit somewhat larger than average, but you can answer positively to the above questions, you’re already healthier than the vast majority of folks around you.  If very slender is naturally your body type/metabolism, and you can answer positively to the above questions, fantastic.

Of course there may be other health considerations that come into play and a conversation with your physician can help address those. For most of us who sit somewhere in between, under or over, consider those 4 questions and work toward answering them instead of worrying about what “number” you are.


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