There are many ways to define the words “health” and “wellness.” Your definition of what it means to be healthy and well is probably at least a little different from anyone else’s, but whenever I ask this question, there are a few common answers that I hear:
- Being free from chronic disease or other serious health problems
- Rarely being plagued by minor illnesses like colds or flu
- Having enough energy to do all the things I want or need to do (with at least a little energy to spare)
- Feeling able to exercise and do daily activities without pain or struggle
Those are all important concepts that are certainly important to health, but they mostly refer to physical health. What about your emotional health and well-being? Also…did you notice that I didn’t say anything about body weight?
With the failure rate of diets (About 95 percent of dieters regain their lost weight…can you imagine if a pharmaceutical drug had that failure rate?) and the endless headlines about the (alleged) link between obesity, illness and disease, it’s worth asking, and talking about, these questions:
- What role does weight play in achieving optimal health and wellness?
- What is a healthy weight?
- Can you tell how healthy someone is based on their body size?
- Are you sure?
The truth is that there are many factors that influence our health, for better or for worse, and weight may be the least of them. In fact, there are six key “healthy life ingredients” that you need to create your own recipe for well-being.
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