Skinny Doesn’t Mean Healthy

Skinny Doesn’t Mean Healthy

A skinny person doesn’t really mean healthy.

Sorry to burst your bubble but it’s true! A thick person or someone who has a BMI of 26 or higher can still be healthy.  It is just damn near impossible to maintain a skinny figure unless you’re like my husband. For him, it’s all in the genes.  For others, they are mostly starving themselves or limiting their calories.

Nothing has pissed me off more than looking at my Instagram and seeing all these people with these perfect bodies!  I have been skinny and fat.  When I was skinny and running cross country and track, I didn’t have a six pack but I was way too skinny. I wasn’t trying for one either.  When I was fat, I was still a pretty healthy girl.  When I say healthy, I mean going to the doctor and getting a clean bill of health.

Anyone can be healthy at any weight.  Now, if you’re morbidly obese, then you know you’re not healthy.  There are just too many health risks to being that obese.  Your body just can’t handle the weight.  If it isn’t the high blood pressure or diabetes that can come with morbid obesity, then it’s your heart that will kill you.

Your BMI Doesn’t Mean a Damn Thing

This isn’t an entirely true statement.  What I’m saying is my BMI is 25.  My weight is 153 and I’m 5’4″.  I’m considered overweight by the BMI standards but not obese.  Sure, I have belly fat and thigh fat but I also have lean muscle that weighs more.  You see muscle is denser than fat, so that makes muscle heavier than fat.

BMI means body mass index.  There are 5 weight categories for BMI:

Underweight – a person who has a BMI less than 18.5kg; also a risk for many health problems

Normal weight – a person who has a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 kg; associated with the lowest disease risk

Overweight – a person who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 kg; has a moderate amount of excess body fat

Obesity – a person who has a BMI between 30 and 39.9 kg; has an excess of body fat that negatively affects a person’s health (risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and other diseases increases greatly)

Morbid obesity – a person who has a BMI of 40 kg or greater; person’s body weight exceeds 100% of normal; very high risk for serious health issues

Our BMI doesn’t account for body builders or others who have more muscle than fat.  Therefore, being skinny doesn’t necessarily mean healthy and being overweight doesn’t necessarily mean unhealthy.

My point is we shouldn’t be hard on ourselves to be skinny.  We are already hard on ourselves about other things going on in our lives.  I wouldn’t mind being skinny again but I’m not starving myself to get there. On top of that, I would need a tummy tuck to help get rid of the loose skin.

The bottom line is to concentrate on your health versus your image.  Get yourself healthy and be happy!

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