Janet Jackson is my new hero. As I wrote about earlier this week, I believe that weighing yourself is unhealthy (and all of us, including organizations like Weight Watchers, need to stop that obsession). And apparently Ms. Jackson agrees.
Earlier this year, Jackson appeared in a commercial for NutriSystem showing off her slender figure and telling all of us, “This is what success looks like.” That was clearly an unhealthy message to send out because skinny does not equal success. But now, the 46-year-old is back with a much healthier message: stop weighing yourself. Yes!
Jackson told People that she doesn’t know how much weight she’s lost because she doen’t believe in the scale anymore:
I don’t think [stepping on the scale] is healthy. You’re setting yourself up to fail and women’s bodies fluctuate every month – certain time of the month in particular – we bloat a great deal.
Right on. I couldn’t agree more. Equating your health–or self-worth–to a number on a scale can easily become an unhealthy obsession. And it can lead many women to focus on that number versus the proper nourishment and care of their body based on its natural shape and what works for it.
The singer also admits that NutriSystem works for her (probably a plug for her spokesperson role), but I love the fact that she says getting healthy doesn’t mean starving yourself. She also says exercise is a big part of her lifestyle these days:
If I’m getting ready for something like a tour, I work out six days a week. I like to switch it up. I may go for a run or bike.
True, Jackson has admitted in the past that she’s struggled with her weight and body image since she was a teenager, and we have seen her fluctuate over the years due to yo-yo dieting, but now she appears to have a much healthier body image, and we applaud her for that.
I’m really happy with the way that I feel at the moment. I feel very good, and it’s been a long time since I’ve felt this good.
Way to go, Janet! Thank you for being a positive role model for women and girls now.