The Many Faces of Thinness

thinnessDo you think you’re underweight? If your BMI is not more than 18.5, then you’re considered "underweight." In general, being underweight increases your chances of getting diseases and even early death.

This classification is important since it determines what diet program you need. Of course, it’s risky if you’re underweight and follow a plan to lose weight. This article lists some reasons for being underweight.

Underweight but healthy

Some people are naturally thin but are active and healthy. If your family is naturally thin, it is genetically possible for you to acquire this body frame.

However, if your parents are thin as a result of unhealthy behaviors like drinking, smoking, or unhealthy eating habits, your being underweight may not be natural, putting you at a higher risk. If you’re thin but healthy – you show no signs of nutrient or energy deficiency as a result of eating a balanced diet – then there’s a little chance of becoming ill.

Underweight but unhealthy

Many people are thin as a result of illnesses. This group generally consists of people who smoke and drink a lot or who are malnourished. If you’re thin but unhealthy, you’re at risk because of your weak immune system.

 Your lack of nutrients and energy and the low body fat levels may also make you prone to muscle loss. Cancer, digestive disorders, and many other diseases may affect how you absorb nutrients and may lead to muscle-wasting and weight loss.

Underweight but flabby

There are people who are thin but have a high body fat percentage. Your fat mass may be greater than your muscle mass if you’re underweight and don’t exercise. Notice those less active older people who lose much muscle they become weaker and have big bellies.

Instead of losing weight to increase muscle mass and decrease body fat, you should exercise regularly. Cardiovascular workouts such as running, walking, cycling, and swimming will help you reduce body fat. If you’re thin, you must increase calorie intake to compensate for the additional energy expenditure. This can decrease body fat, while maintaining your weight.

Thin, but feeling fat

In today’s society so characterized by beauty myths, it’s easy for you to feel the pressure to be slim or to feel fat when in fact you’re thin. Many people in this era of beauty magazines and billboards feel they’re inadequate unless they meet unrealistic beauty standards.

If you feel fat and are pressured to lose "unwanted" pounds, although you’re thin, you may consult with your therapist to understand why you’re feeling this way. It will also help you learn how you can develop a healthier view about your body.