The common wisdom is that if you are overweight you are unhealthy, and if you are thin, you are healthy. But new research points to just how dangerous being skinny can be -- if you are a "skinny fat" person, that is. The medical term for this is "MONW," or metabolically obese normal weight, which I prefer to refer to as being a skinny fat person. It means you are under lean but over fat -- not enough muscle and too much fat especially belly fat. It seems it is better to be fat and fit than thin and out of shape. While we know that 68 percent of the American population is overweight, and that most have diabesity -- being somewhere on the continuum of pre-diabetes to Type 2 diabetes -- the shocking news from a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association is that nearly 1 in 4 skinny people have pre-diabetes and are "metabolically obese. What's worse is that if you are a skinny fat person and get diagnosed with diabetes, you have twice the risk of death than if you are overweight when diagnosed with diabetes.
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In it, outwardly skinny and visually healthy people were surprised to learn that they had the same medical issues as an obese person. Not so fast — although the WHO has set these ranges, they are quick to qualify them with the following:. The fixation on weight, thinness, and BMI is where so many people get fooled into living unhealthy lifestyles. Unfortunately, that attitude is exactly what causes people to become skinny fat in the first place. The appearance of being skinny seems to outweigh being fit and healthy. However, because of the way fat can be stored, skinny fat people risk having serious health problems.
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Linda Geddes explodes the myths about what separates whippets from walruses. Read more. Home Master your metabolism: Are some people born to be fat? Image: Randy Mora We all know people who eat like horses yet are as skinny as rakes, while others, like me, seem to pile on the pounds just thinking about food. At the heart of the difference is metabolism, the sum of the chemical reactions occurring in the body at any given time.
In the largest study of its kind to date, Cambridge researchers have looked at why some people manage to stay thin while others gain weight easily. They have found that the genetic dice are loaded in favour of thin people and against those at the obese end of the spectrum. More than six in ten adults in the UK are overweight, and one in four adults is obese.