Before we delve into what is right and what is not, do you believe that a woman can be curvy and healthy at the same time?
I have seen the reaction on some women’s faces when they are being called curvy and most of the time, it’s nothing pleasant at all. Society has made several people believe that being fat makes you undesirable and if you’re not as skinny as Barbie (literally), then you’re fat. And self-esteem aside, nobody wants to be rejected. Nobody wants to look unhealthy. Nobody wants to feel unhealthy so most times, we “do what we have to do”.
I think it is worthy of note to say at this point that curvy and obesity are two different things. Being obese, even if you wish to damn stereotypes, is not a healthy choice but being curvy is a lot different. To provide more clarity on this issue, let’s answer some of your questions.
Is being curvy healthy?
Totally. Being curvy is in fact, a good thing because it is usually associated with people with healthy eating habits. But sometimes, these factors are inherited so it is no longer your choice to make. In such cases, getting thick or thin doesn’t depend on what you eat, how much you exercise (or how much you don’t) or the quality of sleep you get.
It just happens because your genes have the required information. However, you can tone it down or switch it up with your habits so in the end, you still have some control over your body weight.
How do I know that I am curvy and not obese?
Some people say that curvy can be defined as having larger hips than waist line, ideally a difference of about 9 inches while obesity involves extra body fat. This extra body fat shows up in all areas of your body, not just your hips.
So, if your body weight is not healthy for your height, then you are heading in the direction of obesity regardless of your curves or absence of them. But the real question is.. Does that also mean that you’re unhealthy? Only you can answer this question.
Are there any benefits of being curvy?
Besides being the sight of attraction, of course! Studies have shown that curvy women are usually smarter than “non-curvy” women because their hips store a lot of Omega 3 which boosts brain functionality. Also, Danish studies revealed that women with wider hips have lower chances of protracting cardiovascular diseases .
Now that we’ve established how completely healthy it is to be curvy, it is important we tell ourselves the truth. Being curvy can be pretty hard to maintain because there’s a thin line that and obesity.
But as I mentioned earlier, you still have some control over your body weight. So, how do we keep our curves on the healthy side?
- Balance your meals. You can enjoy junk while being curvy, did you know that? Just make sure you get your much needed vegetables too.
- Replace some carbs with fruits, vegetables and nuts. Not with every meal of course, start with 1 meal a week.
- Exercise regularly. Everyone has to exercise but for the curvy, it shouldn’t be debated.
Once again, can you be curvy and healthy? The answer is a resounding yes. You can be slim and healthy or curvy and still be perfectly healthy. The society should not influence your body, be your own influencer.
Before I go, here’s one workout to work your curves: tone down the middle (belly fat). Till next time, keep rocking those curves.