Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why is being thin not necessarily healthy?” Good question. (Besides, it beats answering the question: “Why do guys even sleep with fat girls?” Seriously? “Any port in a storm” isn’t just an album title. Plus, let’s not forget how we all have to be oh so PC and remind everyone not to judge a book by its cover even if a lady is the physical equivalent of an unabridged hard copy of Tolstoy’s War and Peace that’s been soaked overnight in a full bathtub and then sun-dried, mmmkay?)
For quite some time now, we’ve been told by doctors we need to watch our Body Mass Index, or BMI. We should be height-weight proportionate or something like that.
(Gee, doc, you mean the ladies shouldn’t love me for my personality and not my waist size? Heh, heh how about my inseam? No, seriously America is the best country in the world and our paunches of success have made us obese. Got it, doc.)
According to last year’s study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 34.9 percent of us are obese and another third are overweight. So if this is true, then why is being thin not necessarily healthy?
Let’s check in with our friend from ABC News, Gillian Mohney. Mohney says that a lot of “health experts” have for some time thought BMI doesn’t “account for people who look svelte but have fat hidden away, making them ‘normal weight obese.’”
Those folks can still be storing fat that could result in “serious health consequences “just like folks “whose BMI indicates they’re overweight.” In fact, a 2010 study published in the European Heart Journal notes that approximately 30 million Americans could have this “normal weight obesity.”
Carol Garber, a professor of Movement Science at the Teacher College at Columbia University, told ABC News: “It’s absolutely true there are some people who seem like no matter what they’re doing, they look really good but looks can be deceiving,”. Even thin people could be “at risk for heart disease.”
She added: “We would regularly see people who had heart attacks come to (our) rehab program and look perfectly fine. (But) if you measured their body fat, they had a greater proportion of fat than they would have thought.” (See? You can’t judge a book by its cover.)
Mohney confirms that experts note it is “clear that apparent thinness (alone) does not always equal health and that even a skinny person with a low BMI can be unhealthy if fat has built up around their organs.”
Why is being thin not necessarily healthy? Now you know.
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