Staff Health Challenge: Body Image 101

The other weekend I went home and my mom, being a bit biased, was going on and on about how great I looked. But when I told her I wanted to lose 10 more pounds she glanced at me with a worried look on her face, "You don't need to be all crazy skinny and anorexic like those blanquita models, you know?"

I told my mother that of course I knew that and reassured her that my goal wasn't to become "all anorexic like a blanquita model" but rather to get my body to a weight that would put my BMI number squarely in the middle of the "average" zone. I know I'm a curvy lady and have never wanted to diminish my hourglass figure. It's something I embrace and love about myself! But when I spoke to my doctor about losing more weight she told me I didn't have to worry too much about my BMI and explained that I was well within my healthy weight range.

But I still want to lose a little more weight! Do you think it is become I'm falling prey to everything around us that tells us women that we should all look a certain way? 

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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