On Our Minds
If you have high self-esteem does that automatically make you healthy?
That’s what Cosmo magazine seems to be saying. The publication shared 11 women’s stories, and then labeled them as healthy on their magazine cover. In big bold font. This of course got a massive reaction from everyone online including the fitness community, which was likely Cosmo’s goal all along. Their objective is to get clicks, stay relevant, and make money off their consumers. They’re also pandering to the largest audience size possible. If over half the population is overweight, why wouldn’t they?
But here’s something important to keep in mind: The people at Cosmo don’t love your curves.
They love your money. They also love their advertiser’s money. And they know that the headline below is provocative enough to get more eyes on it… and thus make more money.
Back to the women. Are they intelligent? Sure. Are they talented? Absolutely. After reading the things they wrote, you could form that opinion.
But are they healthy?
That’s not something Cosmo can tell us – because they didn’t examine any of their actual health markers – and it’s not a matter of opinion. There were no blood tests, heart rate metrics, or any other valid proof of physical health: just stories about self esteem.
This begs the question: What exactly makes a person healthy?
“I have self-love, therefore I am healthy.” –Women’s publications
This message is rampant in pop culture and it’s a flat out lie unless you change the definition of health. This is what political correctness is all about – changing the meaning of words to avoid offending anyone. It’s particularly heinous when we have proof that the pandemic is more likely to kill you if you’re obese. You can find out more about that here: Obesity and Diabetes as Comorbidities for COVID-19
I think what people struggle with the most is honesty. It’s hard to be honest when you know that the truth will hurt someone’s feelings or make them uncomfortable. But it’s possible to love people without loving what they’re doing to their bodies. You can love ANYONE without loving their choices, habits, or behaviors.
I should know. My sister passed away after over a decade of anorexia. None of us paraded her around exclaiming how healthy she was. None of us told her to love her malnourished body just the way it was. We didn’t want her to keep going down that path. We hated the way she treated her body and knew that it was unhealthy.
Incidentally, Cosmo’s portrayal of skinny women back in the 90’s may have been a source of inspiration for her. They’ve been encouraging destructive behavior for a long time.
I feel sorry for the women on this Cosmo cover. They didn’t write the headline. But I’m also deeply disturbed by the amount of people who defended the magazine and agreed – without any ounce of doubt or uncertainty – that these women are indeed the picture of health.
By the way, one of the best indicators of overall wellness is waist circumference. Here’s what the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH) has to say about that:
“If most of your fat is around your waist rather than at your hips, you’re at a higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. This risk goes up with a waist size that is greater than 35 inches for women or greater than 40 inches for men.”
Did you catch that? A waist circumference greater than 35 inches makes you more likely to have heart disease, which is the number one killer in the world. Let’s not pretend like Cosmo knows what health is. And trust me, Cosmo doesn’t even think this is healthy.
Think of the most bizarre eating plan you can conjure up. Now google it. Why? Because there’s a good chance someone has already turned it into a diet book. And that’s how this real-or-fake quiz was created.
See if you can guess which of these diets are real and which ones are bogus. Hint: they’re all a little bogus.
A lot of lifters have always just assumed that marijuana lowers testosterone levels. That was a common belief and the research was kind of all over the place. But a recent study shows that that’s not the case. And in fact, it may even have the ability to elevate testosterone levels somewhat.
Now, some experts speculate that it probably doesn’t do much as far as raising T-levels, but even so, this is still a win for those who use cannabis.
If you’ve got tight muscles, you’re going to want to check out the Mobo Max because it can dig into just about any body part and offer instant relief. Take a look at some of their videos showing how it works.
And if you’re in need of a blender, the Ninja Professional Plus is a winner. Chris likes the stacked, triple-blade system, which makes it an ice-killer and a light food processor. Best of all, it won’t break the bank.