Body Image Through the Ages ~ Part 2


Is Being Thin Healthy?

Maybe Not!

For years the general assumption has that a long, lean, thin body is a healthy one. But being skinny is no guarantee of good health or of a healthy heart.

A new study indicates that the risk for heart disease is found equally in overweight and in thin people.

Conversely, overweight people and skinny people alike can both have normal blood pressure, low cholesterol, and normal levels of triglycerides indicating good heart health.

It is all so individual. A one-size-fits all mentality as regards health and body size in actuality does not fit all.

It’s In the Genes

Genetics appears to play a bigger role in body size and heart health than has been believed till now, a Time magazine report says.

It seems people store fat differently. And the way your body stores fat may be more important than body size or even weight. 

The way your body stores fat is determined by your genes. And here’s the kicker.  You may not be able to do very  much about it. It is pretty much out of your control.

People store fat in different places in the body. And WHERE it is stored may be more important than how much is stored.

Fat is either stored under the skin where we can visibly see it. Or the fat is deposited deeper in the body, usually around organs and muscles, where we don’t see it so much.

And BMI (Body Mass Index) therefore, is not an accurate measurement of your chance of a heart attack or good health either it seems.

So it seems that what doctors need to focus on is not so much the amount of fat, but where and how the fat is stored.

According to Time Magazine:

A growing body of evidence shows that fat deposited just under the skin doesn’t contribute that much to the development of metabolic disorders such as diabetes or heart problems. But fat accumulated in deeper tissues and organs, within muscle and embedded in organs like the liver, for example, can put you at greater risk of these diseases. And that goes for lean people too: they might not have much visible fat under the skin, but may be sequestering so-called visceral fat inside their body.

What Does This Mean?

Stop Worrying and Obsessing About Body Size

None of this suggests any of us should become gluttons. I am certainly not advocating for that. Moderation in eating is always prudent.

However, I think what it does mean is that we can and should relax and stop worrying and obsessing over body weight and size. We don’t have to look like Cindy Crawford to be beautiful or healthy!

We also should relax and stop worrying and obsessing over every bite of food we put in our mouths. Eat what you like. Eat what you want. Eat what gives you pleasure. All in moderation.

And if we stop trying to look like the fashion models, and stop thinking of actresses as body size role models maybe we can get to the important things in life: enjoying life, enjoying and savoring our food, and loving ourselves no matter what we look like.

“Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.”

Sophia Loren

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.”

Miss Piggy

Featured Recipe    Hawaiian Beets

It has been about a year since I shared a beet recipe with you. So it is time I gave you one. This is a fantastic one. The fact that it is super quick and easy too is an extra added bonus.

The cost is very easy on the budget too. None of the ingredients in this recipe cost over $1, making this a definite Recession Buster Recipe© Extraordinaire!!!

I used to dislike beets. This was the first beet dish I liked. It is so fantastic it is almost like eating candy.

This is what you will need for 4 people:

2 tablespoons brown sugar 

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Dash of salt to taste

1 – 8 ounce can pineapple tidbits

1 – 16 ounce can sliced beets

1 tablespoon butter

Juice of half a lemon

Here is what you do:

Drain the beets and cut into quarters. Set aside.

NOTE 1: You will notice I used a small plastic cutting board and not my large wooden board to cut the beets. Beet juice stains, and it is very difficult and lots elbow-work kind of hard work to remove, especialy from a wooden cutting board.

NOTE 2: If you stack the beets 6 or 7 high cutting them will go much faster.

In saucepan combine the sugar, cornstarch, salt…….

……….. and the pineapples with their juices.

Cook over medium heat stirring until the mixture thickens and bubbles, about 2-3 minutes.

Lower the heat and add butter, lemon juice and beets.

Serve as a side dish with any meat entrée or over rice for a vegetarian or meatless dinner.

Bon appétit!!!


2 tbspn brown sugar             $0.11

1 tbspn cornstarch                $0.08

Dash of salt to taste              $—-

1 can pineapple tidbits          $0.79

1 16 ounce can  beets           $0.59

1 tablespoon butter               $0.08             

Juice of half a lemon             $0.34

Total Cost = $1.99

Cost per person = $0.50

Quote of the Day

From time to time, to remind ourselves to relax, to be peaceful, we may wish to set aside some time for a retreat, a day of mindfulness, when we walk slowly, smile, drink tea with a friend, and enjoy being together as if we are the happiest people on Earth.

Thich Nhat Hanh


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7 comments to Body Image Through the Ages ~ Part 2

  • Miss Piggy rocks! I’ve never had a positive body image. I was always rail thin as a kid and my mother would constantly say stuff like, “watch what you eat, you’ll look like Aunt Angelina if you don’t.” Aunt Angelina weighed over 300 lbs and was the only person on either side of my family who was overweight. If I ate a cookie I’d get, “trying to be Angelina?” Consquently I always felt fat and felt that eating was almost sinful. It’s a shame because I love to eat. 🙂

    I have never had Hawaiian beets but I’m going to take care of that very soon. I LOVE beets!!

  • What an interesting mix of flavors, I love it! With the sweetness of beets, I bet this recipe would be fantastic:-) Hugs, Terra

  • Roberta,

    This is exactly the reason my family is vegan now, body image and all that jazz. While I am happy to report that I am making up for the (healthy vegans) by eating yummy and fattening foods. I am also still buying butter in bulk and trying to do my part! I am starting summer classes on Monday, but I am will still be blogging throughout the summer. I miss talking to you. How is everything? The beets looks amazing, Kate

  • Hello again, Roberta.

    I was nominated for a storytelling award and I had to choose 5 people I thought deserved it more than I did. (Not sure that’s how it was worded but that’s how I took it.)

    Nobody tells stories like you do so you’re my first nominee. Check it out here (and see what I said about you) and if you choose to accept, just follow the instructions at the bottom of the post.

  • As always proving to be a GENIA , so, being thin does not mean being beautiful, I love your recipes easy and not time consuming processing ….AND DELICIOUS THANK Roberta