Thin Does Not Always Mean Healthy: 5 Surprising Truths

Many people desire model-thin bodies, believing such frames are not only aesthetically pleasing but they are also sign of robust health. The misconception stems from the popular knowledge that obesity, or simply fat increase, brings about a host of diseases like hypertension, diabetes, heart problems, and so on. Yet the lack of visible fats, as in the case of skinny individuals, does not necessarily translate to being healthy. Here are 5 surprising truths you should know about weight:

Lifestyle Diseases May Have Genetic Predispositions

Lifestyle diseases like hypertension and heart diseases may readily be attributed to poor diet, malnutrition, or lack of exercise. Yet, according to a report which analyzed about 75, 000 individuals, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease were found to have a specific genetic variant that increased the risk of the disease manifestation, despite of the body fat of the person being relatively low. As such, it is not always safe to assume that you are free from diseases when you are thin. Even models, applauded by many for their physique, can reveal poor lab values like having high cholesterol or vitamin deficiency.

Genes Determine Fat Distribution

On the surface, you may look like a walking stick, yet this does not guarantee that you are fat-free. Experts explain that genes play a role in how body fats are distributed. If you notice, girls may have the same weight, yet you see one being heavy in the belly, the other being proportionally voluptuous, muscular even, with no visible tummy. The latter body shape can appear more pleasing to the public, but then again a thin and sexy person may also have unhealthy fats that can cause diseases, only that the fats are distributed less visibly, possibly somewhere around the organs and muscles. As such, informed consumers nowadays are advocating the propaganda, “fit is the new sexy”.

Weight Is Not the Sole Factor to Consider

There are other factors to consider when thinking of optimum health other than weight. This is basically the logic behind nutritionists asking for a child’s body mass index or BMI since it relates weight to a person’s height, age, and gender. For instance, for a typical Australian adult, a BMI less than 18.5 is considered underweight and higher than 30 considered obese. The healthy range is from 18.5 to 24.9, generally speaking. You can compute your BMI by dividing your weight over your height (kg/m2). And because BMI is only a test of the outward appearance, it is still best to consult with a physician or nutritionist to monitor vital signs and other biological markers.

Underweight May Compromise Immune System

An ultra-thin body weight may underlie a compromised immune system, which consequently results in negative health consequences like vulnerability to colds, infection, flu, and other complications. The danger with having a weak immune system is its apparent lack of visible signs and symptoms until bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens come in contact with the body. While not all skinny people have a poor immune system, those who sacrifice health, engage in diet fads, and fail to exercise may very well end up being sickly. This especially holds true when a person also has developed other unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking, and poor hygiene.

Muscles and Bones Also Contribute to Overall Health

Fats is not the be-all and end-all of a person’s health. So do away with the thinking that the problem is only the amount of fats stored in the body. Your muscles and bones also count. Some individuals naturally have big bones that starving oneself to death won’t help.

Note also that thin people have decreased metabolic rate. A research found that among thin people, nutrient absorption is low. In short, the nutritional value of the foods that a thin person feeds on, healthy or not, is not being maximized. Then it will all bounce back to having a weakened immune system and even poor muscular skeletal system, which also helps determine the build of a person.

While it may be tempting to fall into the social trap of reducing weight to a level that is unhealthy, have the courage to fight back the urge. The five interesting truths presented to you will help you rationalize and motivate you to stay fit, stay healthy, not necessarily skinny.