Thin Doesn't = Healthy!
Nov 1, 2011
There's always been this notion that being 'skinny' equates with being 'healthy.' Health is much more than skip deep! Being what we consider as a society to be 'skinny' may make a person appear as if they have a low body fat percentage when in some cases, it's the exact opposite.
In fact, these folks may be at just as big of a health risk as someone whom we'd perceive as 'fat' and 'unhealthy!' It is very possible to appear to have less body fat and, in all actuality, have a high body fat percentage than someone who weighs more and appears larger. Being skinny with no muscle is just as dangerous as being fat with some muscle.
Individuals in this situation can have higher levels of blood glucose and serum cholesterol--both putting them at risk for later developing diabetes and heart disease. The bottom line is this: No matter how thin you appear, you still need to make healthy choices that include strength training, engaging in regular aerobic exercise, and making appropriate dietary choices. High body fat percentages are good for anyone, even those who "can eat anything they want and not gain an ounce!"