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Why Shouldn't We Congratulate People If They Lose Weight?

In our society, we give too much importance to the idea of being thin, even congratulating a person if he/she loses weight.

2 months ago

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In our society, we give too much importance to the idea of being thin, even congratulating a person if he/she loses weight. However, believe it or not, this simple action can lead to mental health problems.

If we perceive that a person is losing weight, and we congratulate him/her, we are giving more relevance to the idea that being thin makes you more attractive and successful. This is a misconception created ever since we are children.

When we do this, we can cause eating disorders and body weight obsessions in other people that alter their physical and mental health.

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So, instead of focusing on weight, we should focus on the good habits that a person acquires to have a healthier life. This simple change of perspective is more beneficial for the other person and motivates him/her to continue improving his/her habits.

A thin person is not always healthy

Having a high weight, according to your build and age, is related to health problems such as hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc. However, these issues are not simply associated with weight, but rather with the percentage of body fat on your body.

Our body weight is the sum of several parameters that make up our composition: percentage of fat, muscle mass, water, bone mineral, etc. For this reason, weighing ourselves does not tell us how healthy or unhealthy we may be.

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A person can look thin but have a high-fat percentage, so they are probably not healthy. On the other hand, some people exceed the average weight for their age but have a higher muscle mass percentage, this is the case for many athletes.

For this reason, beyond paying attention to weight, it is important to have a balanced diet, eliminate extremist behaviors about food, and accept the body diversity in society.

Erick Da Silva

Published 2 months ago