I got an e-mail from blog reader asking me what I think about “strong is the new skinny” and “healthy is the new skinny” campaigns. I’ve seen these phrases on everything from t-shirts to websites. I think it’s total crap.
Strong, healthy, and skinny have different meanings and priorities for different people and none of them are entirely within our control.
I’ve seen at a lot of so-called “fitspiration” sites that claim “strong is the new skinny” and what I’ve seen is a whole lot of bodies that all look the same. Cheryl Haworth is almost 300 pounds and is an Olympic medalist who was once the third strongest woman in the world, but I’ve never seen her, or anyone who looks like her, on a “strong is the new skinny” website, the sentiment seems to be much more “skinny with muscles” is the new “skinny.” It’s not that there’s…
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