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The “Skinny Fat” Epidemic: I’ll Just Drink A Coke Today.

By December 14, 2015 0

Let me tell you about a girl named Elizabeth.

Elizabeth is a 5-foot 3-inch tall, 117-pound 19-year-old. Sounds like a healthy girl, right? Well, here’s proof that not everything is as it appears. When she was 16-years-old, Elizabeth was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

She has genetics to thank for her naturally small physic, but also for her diabetes. Both her older sister and father suffer from the disease as well.

Elizabeth and her family are what I like to refer to as “skinny fat.”

We all know these people. They never eat vegetables, love junk food and haven’t exercised since middle school gym class, yet they’re still thin. I bet you’re often jealous of them; eyeing them enviously as they eat a donut every morning and wash it down with a Coke. But don’t be! People with amazing metabolisms may not look it, but they’re just as susceptible to type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure as obese people.

It should be common sense; if you eat like shit, you’re going to feel like shit. Remember, you are what you eat- literally.

It’s no secret that obesity is a huge problem in the United States, however everyone seems to forget the importance of getting fit. Weight is just one indicator of poor health, but in order to really understand what’s going on, you have to look inside the body. Health is not skin deep; just because someone is thin, does not mean they are in perfect health. In fact, a 2008 study found that one-fourth of adults in the recommended-weight range had at least two forms of an unhealthy heart, like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. That means about 16 million of people are at risk for heart problems.

Even health officials have fallen into the “weight over health” trap. They rely on body mass index to calculate if someone is overweight, but the body mass index is a weight-height ratio that does not distinguish between fat and lean tissue. The limits of this scale were proven a few years ago when it was discovered that this system would put almost half of NBA players in the overweight category.

We need to change our views on health, we put too much weight on weight. Instead we need to turn our focus to what’s going on inside the body, opposed to outside.

A “healthy weight” differs for everyone and believe it or not, heavier people can still be fit.

Instead of focusing on the amount of calories we eat, we need to look at the quality of the calories. Quality over quantity, my friends.

Try incorporating more whole foods in your diet and cut out the processed shit. You don’t need it and your body will thank you.