Magazine Cover Starts a Conversation About the True Meaning of “Healthy”
LONDON (NewsNation now) — The UK edition of Cosmopolitan magazine highlights 11 women on their “personal journeys to reclaim health”.
The magazine turned the women into cover models with “It’s Wholesome” splashed over each of their photos.
” It was time ! It’s fantastic and I’m so excited to see Cosmo on board,” said Stanford Healthcare psychologist Dr. Sarah Adler.
Dr Adler has spent 15 years in the field of obesity and eating disorders and said that ‘health’ does not come in one shape or size.
“Really what makes us healthy or not healthy is biometrics, it’s actually physiology, so you can have a larger body size and actually be a lot healthier than somebody who has a body mass of 17 or 16 who is starving or restricting herself,” she said.
Model and social media influencer Jada Sezer said in the post that she grew up with the misconception that fitness meant thinness. So to bust that misconception, in 2018 she decided to run a marathon in her underwear to promote body positivity.
Jennifer Johnson, a Michigan State professor and licensed clinical psychologist, said the women highlighted in the article found ways to focus on what works for them, whether it’s yoga, swimming or rugby.
“There are many different aspects of health. I really liked that someone said that mental health is part of physical health. It didn’t just say what not to do, it showed eleven different people finding their way to what to do: how positive they felt, how comfortable they felt, how they made peace with themselves,” Johnson said.
Dr. Adler adds that it’s important to see different body types.
“Because it really is a mirror of reality. For so long we have seen the media portray the same body type over and over and over again,” she said.
If you are considering lifestyle changes, it is important to consult your doctor and understand what health means to you, remembering that there are many paths to good health.
Dr. Mary Ann Bauman, board-certified primary care internist and author of “Fight Fatigue: Six Simple Steps to Maximize Your Energy,” joined NewsNation to continue the conversation. Watch our interview in the player below.