This week we focused on talking about what it means to be normal in relation to health. So what does it mean to be normal? Does it mean we are supposed to be at that perfect weight limit and have the perfect image or does it mean to just be heart healthy? We looked at different methods in looking at what is normal such as numbers and narratives.
When looking at the numbers of what it means to be healthy we mainly look online or ask our doctors. They might tell us about or BMI or how many alcoholic drinks we can drink before it becomes unhealthy. These numbers may make us look too far in what we are made of. I for one pay too much attention to the numbers of what by BMI states about me. The last time I went to the doctor I got my weight taken and my doctor told me that I was a little overweight in accordance to my height. This really made me see that I’m not healthy at all and that I need to change some habits in order to remain healthy. But I thought I was healthy, I eat fruits and vegetables every day and exercise a few times a week. How was I “a little overweight”? It drove me crazy thinking that I was overweight, so I started to eat less in my meals and started to only eat fruit or vegetables all day. But nothing worked. I was still not losing weight. Then I realized that it was all in my head, I started to forget the numbers and eat better foods, not just vegetables and fruit and I started to love myself again.
In class we also talked through our narrative of our life, and what diseases or sicknesses we might get. It was really cool to think of what could be around the corner for me and how I might be able to dodge that bullet. My grandfather passed away from melanoma a few years ago, and because of this I’ve been more careful of when I’m outside especially in the summer. I’m a very pale-skinned person and also a lifeguard in the summer, so it might seem easier for me to get skin cancer. Because of my grandfather’s sickness I’ve taken more caution when I’m outside in using more sunscreen or stronger sunscreen. This week was really interesting in learning about what I’m made of and what my health might mean.