We always hear about how unhealthy it is to be overweight, but we don’t always hear about how unhealthy it can be if you’re too thin. The trouble is we’re all told that being thin is better, when from an evolutionary perspective it was those who carried a few extra pounds who were more likely to survive a shortage of food.
The fact of the matter is that even if you’re pretty thin, you can still be susceptible to conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
The amount of fat you have on your body isn’t always indicative of how healthy you are. You need to have the right type of fat in order to stay healthy. This means that those stick thin people you see in the high street may be unhealthier than the guy over the road whose currently eating his 2nd pie of the day.
Get your cholesterol checked
It doesn’t matter how much you weigh and what size clothes you wear, you could still be susceptible to a wide range of conditions. One of the most important things you need to do is get your cholesterol checked. This will help your doctor to determine how healthy you really are. For example, my dad is a bit skinny, he eats a very healthy diet but he still has high cholesterol. If his cholesterol levels were indicative of his diet then his ‘Score’ would be in the minus.
What about diabetes?
Despite being thin enough to mistake you for a lamp post, you could still be susceptible to diabetes. The sad fact is that many skinny people don’t know they are at risk of this condition because they automatically assume they are healthy.
One of the best things you can do to ensure you have a healthy life is to get your cholesterol and your blood sugar checked regularly. It doesn’t matter how fat or thin you are, we are all susceptible to some conditions, you just need to be on the lookout for them and eat a sensible diet.