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Women’s Healthy Weight Day – January 19, 2023

Women’s Healthy Weight Day falls on every Thursday of the third full week in January, and we have something very important to tell you… you look ravishing today! Each of us is unique in our own way. A healthy weight is the natural body weight in relation to height. Being healthy is defined by physical, mental, and social well-being, which means getting the right amount of nutrition, exercise, mental stability, and sleep.

History of Women’s Healthy Weight Day

The first thing that people notice about us is our physical appearance, so it’s no surprise that we get so conscious when someone mentions our weight. Sadly, many people believe that being thin is equal to being healthy, which is not the case. Being skinny isn’t always healthy. We could be healthier than a person who weighs less than us.

For years, people have associated weight with a healthy body, which is not true. Being healthy is not defined by just weight, but is a combination of the physical, mental, and social well-being of an individual. An ideal number on your bathroom scale is not an accurate representation of a healthy individual.

Body Mass Index (B.M.I.) is the standard used to determine a healthy weight. Recently, new standards of measurement of a healthy weight are being developed, which promise to be more accurate than the standard B.M.I.

Many women go to extreme lengths to achieve their ideal weight. They starve and put themselves at risk just to lose that excess weight. On the other hand, some women show no concern for their weight or health and increase their chances of contracting life-threatening diseases.

Women’s Healthy Weight Day celebrates a healthy weight for all women by accepting every woman’s natural body appearance and weight. This day discourages the obsession with weight loss in an unhealthy manner. Women are encouraged to celebrate their natural weight by focusing on their overall health and at the same time, avoiding unhealthy diet practices.

Women’s Healthy Weight Day timeline

1873
Anorexia is Recognized

William Gull is the first to use the term ‘anorexia nervosa’ to describe this condition.

1917
Birth of the Bathroom Scale

The first American-made bathroom scale comes out.

1972
First Use of the Term ‘B.M.I.’

The modern term ‘body mass index’ is coined in a paper in the “Journal of Chronic Diseases.”

1974
Ideal Body Weight is Introduced

Ideal body weight introduced by Ben J. Devine is initially used to allow the estimation of drug clearances in obese patients.

Women’s Healthy Weight Day FAQs

Is it better to be skinny or muscular?

Having lean muscles is healthier because it is easier to stick to a routine that offers flexibility and is also a much more natural way to stay fit and work out.

Is walking better than working out in the gym?

Studies say a brisk stroll is better than a workout. Scientists found that 30 minutes of high-impact walking is more effective for fighting the flab than the same time spent on lifting weights and pounding the treadmill.

How much should I walk according to my B.M.I. to lose weight?

For individuals who are trying to lose weight, the A.C.S.M. recommends up to 200 to 300 minutes per week. This means an hour-long walk, four to five days per week will be sufficient to achieve your weight-loss goals.

How to Celebrate Women’s Healthy Weight Day

  1. Stop worrying about calories

    Though keeping a track of how much you eat is a good way to stay healthy, starving yourself just to shed some extra weight can do a lot of damage to your body. Try not to get carried away when counting your calorie intake as it is not a very healthy way to lose weight. Depriving yourself of a healthy diet can cause your body to gain more weight once you go back to your normal diet.

  2. Adopt an active lifestyle

    Being active doesn’t always mean going to the gym. There are a number of better ways to have a regular workout, such as walking, dancing, or cycling. Any form of exercise that gets your heart pumping is a good way to be active.

  3. Eat healthier

    What better way to celebrate this day than to adopt a healthier lifestyle? Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet to make your meals more nutritious. Try out different recipes with fruits and vegetables to make your meals more flavorful.

5 Fit Facts About Weight

  1. Women aren’t happy with their bodies

    51% of young American women express dissatisfaction with their bodies.

  2. The ideal weight can be unhealthy

    People with the ideal weight can still carry too much fat around their middle, which can put them at a higher risk of diseases.

  3. ‘Lībra pondō’ to ‘pounds’

    The word ‘pound’ derives from a Latin expression ‘lībra pondō’ in which the word ‘pondō’ is the ablative singular of the Latin noun ‘pondus,’ meaning ‘weight.’

  4. Anorexia statistics

    Globally, anorexia was estimated to have affected 2.9 million people in 2015.

  5. Diet culture

    In the year 2000, a Harvard study revealed that 86% of teenage girls were on a diet or believed they should be on one.

Why We Love Women’s Healthy Weight Day

  1. It promotes a healthy lifestyle

    This day promotes living a healthy, diet-free lifestyle and encourages us to improve our overall health. It focuses on improving our health through healthy eating and physical activity while discouraging unhealthy habits.

  2. It encourages us to accept ourselves

    An ideal weight is every woman’s dream, but sadly most women put their health at risk in order to achieve that weight. This holiday celebrates all body types and encourages women to accept their bodies the way they are meant to be.

  3. It highlights the effects of unhealthy practices

    This day highlights the sad realities behind the efforts to be the perfect body type. It shed a light on the problems, such as anorexia or bulimia, that many young women suffer from while trying to lose that extra weight. Not only are these practices unhealthy, but they also lead to many health problems later in life.

Women’s Healthy Weight Day dates

YearDateDay
2022January 20Thursday
2023January 19Thursday
2024January 18Thursday
2025January 16Thursday
2026January 15Thursday

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