This past week, Mattel reintroduced Barbie in a variety of new shapes and sizes. My first thought? “HALLELUJAH!” After all Barbie is 57 years old this year – it’s about time that we acknowledge that not everyone is the same.
Barbie has been a staple in little girls hearts for many decades but has also prompted just as many comments on how fake she looks. After all, what woman has a waist that is naturally that tiny or thighs that long? It’s not possible for women to have that body naturally. Crazy as it may sound, Barbie even prompted a few women to go under the knife in an attempt to look like the doll.
To be fair, Barbie has undergone a few transformations during the past 50 years. She has been available in various skin shades and did “hold” a few jobs along the way but for the most part, Barbie remained the same beautiful doll without much depth. After 57 years, Mattel has reintroduced Barbie so she now is available in many sizes from petite to tall to curvy. She is also available in a range of skin colors and 24 hair styles. Finally!
We are all different in many ways and those differences are beautiful. How boring would this world be if we were all the same? Some of us are tall while others are on the petite side. We have brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes, hazel eyes. We have blond, brown, red, gray, black, pink, purple and a whole rainbow of color options for our hair. Some of us have no hair at all but that’s okay – our differences make us unique.
Our uniqueness carries forward into every aspect of our lives including health and fitness. We are not one size fits all so why would we think that there is only one way to get fit and healthy? We don’t all like to run or we don’t all like to go to the gym. That’s okay because there are so many ways to squeeze exercise in our days that we are sure to find something we enjoy doing.
Ditto nutrition. Because we are different shapes and sizes, our nutritional needs will vary as well. The amount of calories required to maintain a 250 pound man are significantly different from what a 110 pound woman would need. There are other factors to consider also when calculating our nutritional needs including activity level and age. Yes age. As we get older the amount of muscle we have tends to decrease with fat accounting for more of your body weight.
Embrace your uniqueness – after all there is only one you. The key is to be the happiest you that you can be.
To your health,