Dispelling nutrition myths, ranting, and occasionally, raving

The false dichotomy of fitness and weight

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Someone shared a link to this CBC article The Great Weight Debate on twitter with the statement “Why your body would probably prefer you to be fit rather than thin. Great Weight Debate & what healthy really means”. Reading the article, I don’t really have much issue with it. In fact, it doesn’t seem to be much of a debate at all. It’s basically just making the point that you don’t need to e super thin, or a certain BMI, to be healthy. You can be classified as “overweight” and still be fit. No argument here. My issue is really just with the original tweet and that sentiment.

Why are fitness and thinness being turned into a dichotomy? I take objection to that notion as a person who considers myself to be both fit and thin. Why must we take a negative view of one body type in order to put another type in a more positive light?

Naturally, a person can be thin and unhealthy, as can a person at any weight. Being fit and thin are not mutually exclusive. Just as being fit and overweight are not. Health at Every Size, people!

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Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people relearn how to have a healthy relationship with food.

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