Health & Fitness

What Happens If I Get Too Skinny?

Being too skinny can damage your health. Weighing too little can contribute to a weakened immune system, fragile bones and a lack of energy.

Skinny peoples have more problems as they are not only lacked of physical  attractiveness, but also criticized for their size. In fact, it is not unusual for even a stranger to say they need to gain weight, ‘put some meat on their bones’, or to offer them more food or larger portions because they can stand to eat more. Apart form lack of physical attractiveness being skinny is sometime warning sign of other potential health problems.

Possible Health Risks

Having a body mass index (BMI) lower than 18.5 – is too low for optimal health and can also trigger a number of health problems, according to the NHS. Here’s some of the worst.

  • If you are underweight, you are more likely to be lacking vital nutrients that your body needs to grow and work properly. Calcium, for example, is important for the maintenance of strong and healthy bones. Being underweight increases the risk of osteoporosis (fragile bone disease) later in life.
  • A lack of dietary iron can lead to anaemia (a lack of red blood cells), which leaves you feeling drained and tired.
  • Your immune system is not 100% when you’re underweight, making you more likely to catch a cold, the flu or other infections.
  • For women, you may have interrupted periods and find it difficult to become pregnant. Women who are underweight can find that their periods stop. This increases the risk of problems with fertility.

When You Are Too Skinny?

  • Having a body mass index of less than two to three points below normal for your height and weight is a warning sign of being too thin.
  • For an underweight woman, menstrual irregularities or lack of menstruation can be a sign for being too thin.
  • Being diagnosed with anemia or other deficiencies in vitamins and minerals can be a sign of being malnourished, which can result in being too thin.
  • When bones are clearly visible or palpable through the skin, particularly ribs and collarbones, it’s a good bet this is a sign of being too thin.
  • A body weight of more than 15% under ideal weight is likely too thin.
  • Anorexia and bulimia symptoms are a clear warning sign that a person either is or is going to be too thin.

When trying to determine how thin is too thin, it is important to look at many other aspects besides the ones listed as warning signs. Genetics, plays a role in a person’s body size too.

Being underweight is not as desirable as society makes it seem. It can be a problem in and of itself, resulting in health risks and dangers to the body. Those who are too skinny should assess their condition with the help of a health professional and work toward attaining a healthy weight in order to minimize health problems and achieve personal well being.

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