This is a two-part story: aesthetics and health. From Marylin to Twiggy, the focus was on how they looked in what they were (or weren’t) wearing, not the number on the scale. I think it is a fair assessment that somewhere along the line, folks have gotten “weight” confused with “fat”. Sure, weight is a good indicator of health and definitely of aesthetics, but really I think its just a small piece of the puzzle. I’m not a certified health doctor or nutritionist, but follow my logic here: if the scale said you were extremely heavy, but your pant size was small, would you care what your weight was? On the flip side, if the scale said you were extremely light, but your pant size was quite large, would you care about your weight then? I know I wouldn’t. My point is the two are related, but not a direct correlation of each other. Lets touch on the health bit for a second. If the scale said you were quite light, but your body was comprised of over 40% fat, chances are you would be more concerned about the fat than the weight. And that’s how it should be. In the end, if the aim is to lose body fat (to a healthy range, of course), two side benefits will be losing inches and weight. The only caviat to the previous statement is with regard to weight training: as muscle mass increases, weight can increase and so can inches. But health, which is what we should really be working for, is the biggest benefit of all.