“The Positivity of Body Diversity”-J. Adam Snyder
There is no such thing as one “healthy” body type. There are, in fact, three body types in our species, with each one having a different healthy weight best suited to that unique type of figure. Most individuals have a mix of two. These are the Ectomorph, the Mesomorph, and the Endomorph. All body types have their pros and cons, one is not “better” than another despite what the media may have you believe. What is a healthy weight for one body type is not healthy for the other two, or vice versa.
Genetic diversity is of the utmost importance to the survival of a species, and as such having a diversity of body types helps ensures that. If we were all Ectomorphs during the ice age, our species would have died out immediately. By contrast, if we were all Mesomorphs and Endomorphs living in a desert or tropical climate, our entire species would have gone into extinction. The same goes for height differences, taller individuals were able to reach fruits and other out-of-reach resources while shorter individuals were better suited at hiding and hunting prey. It was only by our body and height differences working and mating together that we were able to stay alive.
A short summary of each body type is as follows:
-Ectomorph, which is my body type, is classified as having a high metabolism and thinner but more flexible frame.This body type excels at running, swimming, gymnastics, and other forms of agility. Ectomorphic bodies naturally burn fat faster than the others and easily regulate heat. However it develops muscle mass slower, has a smaller bone structure, and needs to eat more often as it burns through energy quicker. Women who have this body type have have a harder time bearing children than the other two, and Ectomorphs in general become dehydrated quicker. Ectomorphic bodies developed in our species for hunting purposes and being able to quickly avoid danger. This body type is primarily found among those of Asian and African ancestry and does better in warmer environments.
-Mesomorph is considered a “middle of the road” body type between Ecto and Endo, though it is just unique in its own right as the other two. The Mesomorphic body type is typically classified as having a larger upper frame, an average metabolism, and above-average muscle mass. They can build muscle faster than their Ecto and Endo counterparts, and have thicker bone structure. Unfortunately due in part to that thicker skeletal frame, they suffer from being less flexible than the other body types which makes them susceptible to injuries such as sprained ankles, back problems, and other ligament damages. They can also accumulate fat quicker, which is not healthy for their particular body type, and have trouble metabolizing carbs. Mesomorphic bodies developed in humans for agricultural purposes, where having a muscular body frame helped with cultivating soil, and they often exceed in sporting activities that take advantage of their naturally muscular physique such as baseball and boxing. It is the most common body type among those who have Mediterranean ancestry and excels in mild climates.
-Endomorphic body types are classified as being capable of healthily carrying higher levels of weight than the Ectomorph and Mesomorph, as well as having larger and curvier frames with lower metabolisms. They have thicker skeletal frames (big boned), wider hips, and more natural bodily strength. Females with Endomorphic bodies are also better at bearing children than the other two body types. Due to their ability to store fat more easily (which is healthy for the Endomorphic body type) they are also able to withstand colder weather and are less likely to suffer bone loss or injury, as well as storing more water and becoming dehydrated at a slower rate. However they have a more difficult time processing calories and generally have to consume larger meals to gain energy. The Endomorphic body type developed to withstand colder temperatures, famines, and for ancient construction purposes as their larger frames allowed them to carry heavier materials easier. It is naturally suited for athletic activities such as wrestling and weight lifting, and most commonly found among those of European (especially Nordic) descent. The Endomorphic body played a crucial role in our survival during the Ice Age.
By reproducing with these different body types, we create individuals who have the genetic and physical diversity to better withstand different climates, temperatures, and activities. It is the diversity of humanity that keeps us alive and healthy, not simply in terms of body types but also skin tone as well. Darker skinned individuals are the result of their ancestors living in hotter climates, which made their skin adapt to the sun by providing them with natural protection. Lighter skinned individuals are the results of their ancestors moving north into the Ice Age over the Caucasus Mountains (where the word “Caucasian” comes from) where sunlight was less prominent and they developed lighter skin complexions to absorb more vitamin D, which is necessary for mood as well as overall health.
It is again important to note that many people are a combination between two of the three body types, and to understand what is healthy for your type and what isn’t. Weight alone is not an indicator of health, for a skinny Endomorph would be considered unhealthy while the same would be said of a larger Ecto or Mesomorph. An annorexic individual is unhealthier than an individual who weighs 180lbs (81kg). As long as you are healthy to the conditions of your natural body type that’s all that matters. Be proud of your unique sexiness, for your body has (and continues to have) a vital evolutionary role in mankind’s survival. Your body is living poetry, a work of divine art. Learn to love it!
©-J. Adam Snyder