Body weight myth buster

Top 7 myths about body weight

By Steph Haase September 9, 06:00 am
Many of us struggle with feeling good about our weight. There’s nothing wrong with what we are blessed with. Love Matters debunks some most common myths around body weight…
Beauty depends on your weight

Of course not! Your beauty does not depend on the figure on the weighing scale. Beauty is so much more than that. It depends on how much you love yourself. So please don't just focus on your size. Being a beautiful person starts on the inside, with your actions and passions, and not on the outside.

You can't be overweight and healthy

Big myth! Many people believe that you can't carry some extra weight and be healthy. But that's absolutely not true. Studies prove that people who are slightly overweight actually have a higher life expectancy than slim people. In general, people who are bigger can be fitter and healthier than their smaller peers. So don't judge health by someone's weight. Of course there are exceptions, and people who are morbidly obese or dangerously skinny are likely to be unhealthy

Only fat people get shamed

Fat shaming is bad. But what is often forgotten is that there is 'skinny shaming' too. Shaming anyone, small or big, isn't good habit, so please don't do it at all. It can seriously affect someone’s self-esteem and even mental health. If you are concerned about someone and their health, have a friendly chat with them. But avoid comments that are hurtful or reducing someone to their weight. 

Only women obsess about their weight

No! All people regardless of gender can struggle with their weight, or what they think they should weigh. In fact, over the past decade, more and more men have started suffering from eating disorders, conditions previously thought to be affecting women almost exclusively. 

People with normal weight don’t face health issues

Everyone, regardless of their weight, should try to live a healthy life. That includes a healthy diet that avoids processed foods as much as possible, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, limiting your alcohol intake and so on.

You have to go to extremes if you want to lose/gain weight 

Treating your body to extreme conditions can never work. If you want to change your body in any way, you need to set realistic goals. Nothing is more frustrating than failure, but with small, achievable goals, you have a much better chance of succeeding. It will also keep you motivated. Before you make any changes to your lifestyle, get some advice from your doctor.

Losing/gaining weight should impress everyone

If you want to change they way you are, the only person you should be doing it for is yourself. You are being too harsh on yourself if you do it for anyone else. If your partner has been mean about your weight, you might need to have a closer look at your relationship. Your partner should love you just the way you are.


Is there anything about your body or your weight that bothers you? Share it with us via comments or on Facebook. If you have a specific question, visit our discussion forum

Did you learn something new?


Yes Tish, you can enjoy sex even with those extra kilos. First you need to be comfortable in your skin, appreciate yourself then you will get someone who appreciates who you are. Also understanding what makes you go nuts...can help you in enjoying sex. Check out this inspiring story on how you can still enjoy sex while you are fat:

Hi Tuface, the more important question is whether you are healthy and whether you are within your ideal weight. I suggest you consider speaking to a nutritionist who maybe able to advice you based on a few other unique considerations. You maybe able to find one at your local health government facility. In the mean time eat healthy including exercising regularly. 

Hello Kelly, thank you for reaching out to us. You are a little over weight for your age. That is fine and normal. The averages are calculated based on what is common but does not cover everyone. We are so sorry to hear people are making fun of you. You are still growing and this is not a reflection on who you are or who you will become. Do not try and push yourself to lose weight, everything will fall in place. Just try and concentrate on your studies and being the best version of yourself that you can be.

1year plus babyboy took an injection which affected his nerves and was lepping one of his legs,now we noticed the particular leg has also reduced in size and also reduced in weight...pls what could have been the cause...and what are the likely solutions, thanks

Hello Maura Simon, thank you for reaching out to us and we hope you and your family are keeping safe during this Easter period. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that fatter men have smaller penises. The more obvious reason could be that because larger men have more body weight on them, it can create the illusion that an average sized penis looks small. Why do you ask?

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