A Skinny Fat Person?

As one of the quotes I added to the Body Beautiful iPhone app says, “We don’t know who is healthy and who is not just by looking at their body shape (Cheryl-Ann Webster).” A common assumption so many of us make is that if you are thin you healthy and if you are overweight you are unhealthy. However, the reality is that body shape is not an accurate indicator of a person’s health – there is far more to a person’s health than size suggests.

I found this article titled “Are You A Skinny Fat Person” fascinating and informing. I definitely suggest you read it. Here are a few of my most valuable take aways:

It requires looking “under the hood” to get a a more accurate reading of your personal health. Here are a few insightful nuggets I gleaned from the article: 

  • Just because you might be thin, it does not mean you get an automatic health pass! 
  • The medical term “MONW,” or metabolically obese normal weight means you are. under lean but over fat — not enough muscle and too much fat (especially belly fat).
  • Nearly 1 in 4 skinny people have pre-diabetes and are “metabolically obese.”
  • It appears that only about 20 percent of children in America are healthy.
  • Getting certain tets taken can help you get a more accurate assessment of your personal healthy. 
Personally, I’m not a skinny girl nor will I ever be (I have no intention of starving myself to change my natural shape). I’ve seen this happen to too many girls I care about and it is as frightening as it is sad and dangerous. Like I’ve said before, “Forget skinny. I’d rather be healthy. And strong. I have mountains to climb, waves to surf, oceans to swim and beautiful adventures to tackle.”

How do you gauge your personal health?

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