Soror Posted January 6, 2012 Share Posted January 6, 2012 In the French women thread MSNative wrote: However, they also have a different idea of fat and thin (or did when I was there) and a different idea of fitness. Being a normal size, good, being supermodel stick thin - not good. I think this has changed a bit. However, back then I remember walking around and seeing people who "could lose 10 pounds" by American standards. I think because they had a more natural view, they didn't focus on dieting and food so much and therefore stayed at a healthy weight, not our American ideal. I work in the fitness industry and think a lot of people mess with their heads and bodies too much trying to look like celebrities. The French also thought I was bizarre for jogging. Especially people in Paris thought that jogging was strange and almost unnatural. Walking good - working out strange. It is so coincidental because I've pondered the same thing in the last 6 months. In moving towards a healthier and (IMO) more natural lifestyle I've really been thinking on and examining what does healthy mean, what does healthy look like. What does fit mean? I was very much into working out for a decade maybe and always felt guilty if I didn't have an official workout. I've tried to move towards just a more active lifestyle in general and my preference is to do lots of walking, some playing with the kids, and working around the house doing whatever I can. It just feels right to me but I have to work to knock back those ideas that it isn't good enough. I've also been thinking about the issue of size. Thinking of traditional cultures which still had/have a lifestyle eating real foods and lots of activity the women don't look like our models, or anywhere close to it. They don't look like super buff women. The women generally speaking often look like about 10 lbs overweight by our standards with a bit of fat all over and often fairly curvy(of course there is always variation due to natural body types). It makes me wonder if this ideal that I try to keep is even ideal. Is it even healthy? From what I've read people with a bit of weight tend to live longer. Are our goals even ones of health? Anyway- what is your perspective and opinion? What do you think is the healthiest lifestyle? The ideal size? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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