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Pink Just Posted an Inspiring, Empowering Message About Health, BMI, and Body Image



Pink, who had her second baby in December, took to Instagram today to share a proud gym selfie—but not for the reason you might think. Rather than focusing on how quickly she's "bouncing back" after her pregnancy—something that's problematically common in the celebrity world—she shared an empowering message about body image, BMI, and the numbers on that 
damn scale.

Beneath the pic, she wrote the following caption: "Would you believe I'm 160 pounds and 5'3"? By 'regular standards' that makes me obese. I know I'm not at my goal or anywhere near it after Baby 2 but dammit I don't feel obese. The only thing I'm feeling is myself. Stay off that scale ladies! #feelingmyself #strongismygoal #bodygoals @msjeanettejenkins #happysaturday #getitin #GIJaneismyWCW"
The hashtags are fantastic enough, but the post as a whole is beyond inspiring:


When Pink's referring to obesity, she's drawing on the Center for Disease Control's BMI calculations, or the height and weight ratio that supposedly determines your health. However, BMI assessments have come under heavy criticism because they don't measure anything that also impact health and fitness beyond those two variables, like muscle mass. Her height and weight would put her at 28.3, which is technically overweight according to the CDC calculator, not obese. But still—her message about not dwelling on the scale but focusing on strength is a powerful one.

Her trainer, Jeannette Jenkins, shared her thoughts on the matter as well via a regram of Pink's photo—and shared the mom's training regimen in the caption:


She also added her own inspiring message:

"Message to every #postpregnancy mom & anyone on a healthy living journey: Never define your success on the scale alone. Always measure your body fat percentage & girth measurements (waistline, hips, thighs, arms, chest & neck ) and take note of your clothing size & how your clothes fit. Measure your fitness parameters: Cardio, Muscular Endurance, Muscular Strength and Flexibility. Journal and take note of how exercise makes you feel: happy, confident, powerful. This journey is about so much more than the scale!"
Here's to not focusing on the numbers and turning to your own "healthy living journey" instead—whatever it might be.
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