As I was scrolling through Pinterest the other day, I was shocked at all the pins that said things about being so skinny “you can see your hip bones” and so on. Do you see something wrong with that? I do. More and more teenaged girls and young women have this idea in their head of being so skinny it becomes unhealthy. They are surrounded daily by fake and unrealistic expectations that social media places on women these days. It has messed up some girls’ lives through depression and eating disorders. They flip through pages in magazines and see images of starving models and actresses and thinking its what they should look like – why? Because that’s what society says is acceptable and beautiful. That’s what they think women are supposed to look like. And the truly sad part about it is so many girls and women give in to this deception. I’m sure there are several reasons why, but one is probably that no one has told them that they are more than acceptable and very beautiful.
To those girls, please listen up for a moment. God said in Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” The word “formed” means to create. God created you. Let me tell you something, He doesn’t make mistakes like we do. He is perfect, and His creations are exactly what they should be: beautiful.
So… Being skinny enough to see your hip bones – or any other bone that isn’t normally seen on a person – is just as unhealthy as being overweight. I am a big advocate for staying healthy. I love sports, and eating big, yummy looking salads, and that sense of accomplishment after a good workout. But being healthy and being so supermodel skinny as to “see your hipbones” are two completely different things. I am not a body and health expert, but here’s what I do know:
First off, there are many different body types. Some women have big bone structures, and some have small. On the journey to being healthy, that is one of the first things you should know. Some girls will naturally look bigger than others because of their bone structure, and some will look pretty skinny because of theirs. Take a look at this photo I found on the internet (keep in mind that both women are the same size):
You can see that the one on the left isn’t overweight, she just has a bigger bone structure than the woman on the right.
Height is also a big factor. If you are 5’9”, you’re going to be bigger than a girl who is 5’4”. That’s natural. It’s the way it should be. (But the shorter girl may actually look bigger!)
Another thing you should know is God didn’t create us all to be the exact same person. Where would be the fun in that? Having everyone in the world look exactly the same? BORING! God created women (and men) to be all different heights, shapes, and colors. Just like He gives us different talents, He also gives us different looks. There is diversity and beauty in different looks; like tall and short, blonde and brunette, bigger and smaller.
So, in stead of filling your mind with pictures of unhealthily skinny women, look in the mirror and say, “I am created in the image of God.” (see Genesis 1:27)
Every young lady is beautiful in her own way, and I hope that you will learn to take care of your body and also praise the Lord for the way He carefully designed you.
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” –Psalm 139:14
If you are on Pinterest, here is a link to my board called “Healthy Living” where I share healthy recipes, all-natural health tips, exercises, and some quotes. Please feel free to follow me!