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Your clinician may even encourage you to lose weight, to see a dietitian, or to consider drugs or surgery based on these numbers, without even asking about your eating and exercise habits or considering your level of fitness. After all, clinicians are taught in their medical training about all the perils of the “obesity epidemic.” And, they are reminded again and again that obesity is a “disease” that can (and should) be aggressively treated with drugs.
In any case, the message is clear, “you need to have a certain body to perform well and be considered a good athlete.” Health Professionals Weight and height measurements are routinely done at health clinics; and you are often assigned a certain label (“underweight, healthy weight, overweight, or obese”) based on these measurements.As a result, we often unfairly judge others and label them based on their weight and size alone.We feel great anxiety and pressure to achieve and/or maintain a very lean physique.Currently, the average female model weighs 23% below her average weight. The average Playgirl centerfold man has shed about 12 lbs. Only about 5% of women have the genetic make up to achieve the ultra-long and thin model body type so pervasive in the media.Yet that is the only body type that women see and can compare themselves to.These body ideals are reinforced every day on TV shows, movies, magazine covers, and even video games.
At UCLA, where the crowd is young and the warm climate promotes use of revealing clothing, the exaltation and expectation of extreme leanness is even more exaggerated.
They may starve themselves because they hate their bodies, eventually overeat because they get over-hungry, feel incredibly guilty after eating, and then try to get rid of the unwanted calories.
Keep in mind that your weight and body composition are determined by a number of factors.
(only 76% of what is considered a healthy weight for her height).
Her measurements would be 39-18-33, and she would not menstruate due to inadequate levels of fat on her body.
If you have been a victim of this type of weight prejudice by the medical community, it’s understandable that your body image and self-esteem would suffer.