How does one’s health affect body image?
Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine and a licensed clinical psychologist, was a guest on the New England Cable News Morning Show on Jan. 9 to discuss the changing view of the “perfect” sized woman.
“Our image of the perfect body—very size driven—does not align well with what is a healthy body—more habit driven—one that is active, eats healthy and keeps risk factors at bay,” Dr. Pagoto said. “We have become very hung up on size and I think research suggests that it’s just more complicated than that.”
“So much focus is on weight, yet so many factors go into what makes someone healthy, and having a slightly elevated BMI doesn't necessarily mean you are unhealthy," she said.