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Being Thin Doesn’t Always Mean Healthy  

While everyone agrees that obesity is a major health problem today, there is an elephant in the room that nobody seems to be talking about: underweight.

 

Currently, underweight is defined as body mass index (BMI) below 18.5. Just like obesity, there is a group of problems underweight people tend to suffer, including osteoporosis, hormone imbalance, and emotional instabilities. The biggest problem is the underweight, not obese, population has the shortest life expectancy.

 

Although I do not have an access to statistics, this problem seems to affect female more than male, and it tends to happen to a group of people who practice extreme diets. While they may look or act healthy, close examinations often reveal impaired immune system, withered skin and hair, and abnormalities in blood work, almost always stemming from nutritional deficiencies.

 

I have decided to write this newsletter after I watched a healthy-looking nutritionist on Youtube being attacked by commentators solely on her weight. I was stunned by these comments as well as how distorted some people’s definition of “healthy” is.

 

Please use weight (or BMI) as just a tool, not the only tool, to assess your health.

 

BMI (Online calculators are available on the web):

* Below 18.5 = underweight    * 25-29.9 = overweight

* 18.5-24.9 = normal weight    * Over 30 = obese

 

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