Everyone wants the perfect body.
We all want the chiseled form of a Greek god with tight abs, a toned body and a firm butt. Who wouldn’t want that? It’s a healthy figure, right?
Looking healthy and being healthy are two completely different things. Just because someone looks like a shining figure of health doesn’t necessarily mean they are healthy.
I knew plenty of guys in the Army who looked like they were in great shape. They looked perfect on the outside, but on the inside they had the physiology of a person who should rethink how they were living their lives.
They had kidney stones, destroyed cartilage in their joints, high blood pressure and high cholesterol all when they were barely in their 20s. But hey, they looked great.
I’m not saying there is anything wrong with looking good. It’s just not a good way to tell how healthy a person is.
Body Mass Index works the same way, yet everyone loves to use it as a catchall for determining health.
The BMI wasn’t invented to tell someone how healthy they are. It was devised in the late 1800s by a Belgian mathematician who was looking for a way to calculate how much space people take up.
Human physiology is different for everyone. It’s why some people can chow down on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, while others will have a severe allergic reaction from simply standing a few feet away from a peanut.
Or, like how some people have to work out for hours to keep the pounds off, while others can eat like a pig without gaining an ounce.
On the outside, I just look like another overweight student who doesn’t hit the gym enough. In reality, I hit the gym all the time and have excellent blood pressure and cholesterol, making me healthier than some of you.
Admittedly, everyone still wants to look healthy. Looking healthy is hard, but being healthy is easier than you would think.
Just take care of yourself. Exercise regularly, cut back on the junk food, try to get outside more often. Be happy about how you look and to hell with what anyone else thinks.