Today was a great reminder that thin does not necessarily equal healthy.
After a tough personal training session this morning, I went to Luis’s company’s annual biometric screening — which we’ve done for the past six years. It’s a comprehensive, incentive-based wellness program and I think it’s great. Of course, I also love my own company’s … but that screening isn’t until February. Anyway … though I feel I could afford to lose 10-15 lbs and still be fine, no one told me that and the verdict is I’m in really awesome shape on the inside: blood pressure, cholesterol (LDL, HDL and the ratio — all optimal), blood sugar …. Huzzah!
And while my BMI was 26.5 (lumping me in the “overweight” category), I’m leery about using that as a really crucial assessment of health. In fact, even the wellness specialist said they pretty much dismiss it now and look at the bigger picture –as well as percentage of body fat, waist-to-hip ratio, etc. –to assess overall health. Yet it’s still a marker on the form they fill out, but whatevs .
On a positive note, my body fat was surprisingly decent in spite of my weight … 27.9% On average for women, the percentage is between 25-31% … so I’m actually at the lower end there. Hoping to get to 25% within a couple months, but we’ll see.
I share this today because all too often we’re focused on thinness as an indicator of health … and it’s simply not always the case, especially with respect to risk factors. It’s far more important to look at the big picture … and knowing how healthy we are on the inside is just as important (if not more!) as what we see on the outside.
How about you? Does you participate in an annual corporate wellness screening?