Today I would like to welcome Kim from ilax studio. I am so excited to have her as my tuesday guest blogger! I appreciate her style of writing and love that her posts are always very interesting and thought provoking. Enjoy!
Hi, I am Kim from ilaxstudio! I am a 25-year-old and live outside of Chicago, but do design work in the city. I am constantly trying to find balance between work, fun and rest! I am also a runner, and will hopefully be running a marathon in October this year, like Linz!
I was flattered when Linz asked me to write a guest post. I have only been reading her blog for a few months, but was instantly hooked! She is down-to-earth, honest and extremely relate-able. Thanks for letting me share this here, Linz!
How would you feel if you found out you were destined to end up with your mother’s body? Would you be happy? Ambivalent? Hysterical?
When I received the January/February issue of Women’s Health and saw the article “Are You Destined to Inherit Your Mother’s Shape?” featured on the cover, I immediately flipped to it.
You see, my mother was very fit and active when she was my age, but is not so much anymore. And we have so many of the same food habits (emotional eating anyone?) and characteristics, that I have always wondered if I will be unhealthy in my older years. I’ve always wondered if it’s “in my destiny” or really, in my genes.
What an awful thing to worry about, right?
Well, the Women’s Health article delved head-first into this fear. Apparently, I am not the only one who has it. Phew.
According to the article:
…peeking into your future isn’t as simple as taking a look at your mom. Studies suggest that while your genes may determine up to 80 percent of your weight and body shape, environment and personal choice still play a significant role. So even if you’re a dead ringer for your mother in old family photos, it doesn’t mean you’ll enter middle age with the same body.
So, your genes do determine a lot about your build, for example, the ease you have putting on muscle, or your general body shape, but they do not control your external environment – how much you eat, how much you work out, how much sleep you get, etc.
If I can continue exercising, eating a mostly healthy diet, and taking good care of my mind, I should be okay. And I don’t expect to become “perfect” – I just want to feel healthy. I want to feel good. I want to be physically active when I am an octogenarian!
Have you ever worried about inheriting your mother (or father’s shape)? Are there any habits you learned growing up that you want to break? Or are you someone who grew up in too healthy of a family, and are trying to be more relaxed about it all?
The article brought up a few other interesting points I would like to share:
- The gene Neurexin 3 is linked to addictive behaviors, which may trigger overeating, and explains why sometimes obesity seems to be “inherited.”
- “Researchers believe that each person has a baseline weight, a genetically influenced set point where the body naturally wants to be. If you end up more than 10 percent below your set point, your body will fight back.”
- “Women in their twenties and thirties who exercised as kids have less typically “feminine” body types than what was common amongst that same age-group 25 years ago. They have wider middles and narrower hips, and more muscular legs and defined arms—the result of years spent playing sports.”