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Friday, March 19, 2010

Skinnier is Healthier... NOT

As I was looking for something interesting to write about I came to the realization that not everyone’s fat. I have struggled with weight and mostly insecurity about my curvy body my whole life but many of my friends have been very skinny and had no problem keeping their stick like figure.

When I was younger I held a bit of jealousy towards their ability to eat whatever they want and not gain a pound. Over time I’ve realized that I have hips, and they don’t, and while I have to wear a pants size that is two sizes bigger it doesn’t mean I’m fatter just different. Both body types are beautiful in their own way and it’s difficult for both types to find the perfect pair of pants. Needless to say, there are people in their early twenties who have no problem with weight and are almost too skinny.

I received a comment last week from a blogger and it was on defining the word health. What is healthy may not be for the other. I don’t know how I took that position in my last blog, but I do not believe that. Every person can be healthy eating foods that are healthy and have a good nutritional value. My point is that society doesn’t know the difference. Health is health and it absolutely is not relative, just because a person is skinny does not mean they are healthy. Allow me to prove my point.

Besides the well known eating disorders i.e. anorexia and bulimia which can take away all the nutrition from a person’s body as well as be a mental disorder, there are other diseases that can follow with being, what doctors like to call, underweight or malnutrition. According to Ali Hale, “Underweight or Slightly Overweight: Which is Worse?,” there is a list of reasons why people should worry if their weight is under normal. There’s low muscle mass, hair loss, osteoporosis, anemia, weakened immune system, and for women: menstrual irregularities and pregnancy complications including the inability to get pregnant. That’s a lot of reasons to worry about your weight.

If those aren’t enough of reasons for you then I invite you to answer a few yes or no questions out of Doug Kaufmann’s book “Weight Loss.” This book is about fungus in the body and how it affects the body. Most people gain weight with fungus, but there is a rare few that lose weight from the lack of nutrition. Neither is good.
1. Do you suffer from fatigue?

2. Do you often feel irritable?

3. Do you get more than the occasional headache?

4. Do you have itching, tingling or burning skin?

5. Do you have hives, psoriasis, dandruff, or chronic skin rashes; or do you have acne?

6. Does your vision blur for no apparent reason?

7. Are you bothered by recurring problems with your digestive tract such as bloating, belching, gas, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, indigestion, or reflux?

8. Have you had sharp cravings for corn, peanuts, or sugar?

9. Do you suffer allergic reactions to pollens, molds, animal dust mites, perfumes, chemical, smoke, or fabric store odors?

10. Are you allergic to any foods?

If you honestly answered these questions and said “Yes” to at least one it would mean you have some kind of fungus inside your system that can be gotten rid of with diet. Of course the “more “yes” answers tend to indicate a more serious degree of fungal infection and/or exposure to mycotoxins.” So if you only said “yes” to a few then I wouldn’t freak out.

Taking Hale and Kauffman and many other writers, nutritionists and doctors, as well as the BMI chart at the top, it helps to know where you are and what you need to do to improve. Eat healthily (no junk food) and exercise. Basically follow some of the things I’ve been writing and do your own research.

Honestly, being a newly healthy individual and watching my family go through their ups and downs with weight and health, I’ve realized one important thing. Thank goodness I’m learning how to eat well now so I don’t have to go through being obese and having tons of health problems to change my lifestyle. It’s so much easier for me now then it was for my grandparents, where only some of whom learned how to eat right before diseases took their bodies over.


  1. The media definitely played a strong influence on people reflecting that when your skinnier "Your In" -This has been a strong pressure on people just to look good and be acccepted. I've also personally struggled with my own weight in the past, i remember way back in highschool i did things to literally starve myself which definitely cost my health. it took a long process for me to accept every part of my body. Being healthy inside and out meaning being able to balance things in your life is what really matter.

  2. This post is an excellent wake up call. As for myself, I am currently in the healthy range but still need to be aware. I played soccer before coming to USF at my previous college and fell in the "underweight" range. I seriously even felt unhealthy even though I had no fat on my body. I struggled because my metabolism was so high from all the cardiovascular activity that I suffered as being extremely skinny. It didn't matter how much food I consumed daily because it would burn off immediately. My mom and girlfriend could definately agree that I was too thin. It feels good to have made a change and feel like I have more energy. The weight chart was an excellent reference in your blog because it allows every visitor the opportunity to see where they stand. Half of our society doesn't even realize where they stand and do they even care to know? It is sad to say but all the technological advances has led the majority of 20th century to spend less time outside and more time playing video games inside. When I was growing up, the most popular thing to do was play outside with everyone in the neighborhood. All the outside activities kept the majority of our generation's youth in shape.

  3. It was very interesting to learn about how fungus can affect the body. I would be interested to learn about what exactly causes the fungus and exactly how to rid them within the body without causing more. Although these weight charts can be an extremely useful tool, I still feel as though each individual needs to be looked at as a separate case. Some people can not gain weight no matter how much they try, and the same for others in the opposite case, even with the guidance of doctors.