I was reading an article today about the "average" size of women in 2019. Needless to say, I was a little surprised. Every time I get down on myself about my size, my husband is always right there to cheer me up with "your body is perfect the way it is." and "The average size is 14." It's always uplifting.
Of my top 3 wishes, every woman being confident, happy, and knowing her value as a human being would definitely be one of them. I am 100% for body positivity. I don't care if you are a size 0 or a size 32, you should know that you're beautiful, worthy, and have a GOOD body.
ALL bodies are GOOD bodies.
I've had struggles with my weight in my life, as so many women do. But even more than that, I believe that it is my personal responsibility to be uplifting to other women. I believe that as a society, it's everyone's responsibility to be loving and accepting of one another.
Let's get real here, "average" does not mean "best". In 2019, the average size of a female is 16 to 18. I want to stress the fact that if you are an 18, or larger, you are beautiful and worthy. You are a good person and you have a good body. But we know that being excessively large is unhealthy.
My husband is a big guy. Even though he eats right and swims regularly, his body will not get below a certain weight that doctors will tell him is unhealthy.
This isn't about the size you wear or the numbers on the scale... This is about your health. being a size 14, 16, or 18 could very possibly be a healthy size for YOU. We are all built differently. Even so, I guarantee that the average size 18 woman is not taking care of her body in a way that it deserves. You can be a size 4 and not be taking care of your body in the way that it deserves.
Our bodies have needs, healthy food and daily exercise being way up there in the "needs" department.
Back in the '40s and '50s, obesity wasn't anywhere near an issue as it is today. In the '40's and '50s, people lived a different lifestyle. Foods were different, transportation was different, the stress of daily life was different. It's so easy in 2019 to get caught up in life that we neglect what should be one of our top priorities, our health.
Everyone is constantly busy. It's hard to carve out some time to hit the gym, throwing a burrito in the microwave after a long day is convenient. I know that on especially stressful days, having some chocolate or a cupcake is comforting for me. Trying to be healthy is quite a challenge today. But your body is begging for it. The vessel that carries you through all the challenges of life deserves to be well taken care of and maintained.
Be happy with who and where you are in life, but make it a goal to constantly strive for better. Better morals, better happiness, better health. Smile at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself that you are beautiful and worthy, just the way you are, but make yourself a promise that you will strive to do better because you deserve it. Don't worry about your pant size or the numbers on the scale, focus on your health and how you feel.