IS YOUR WEIGHT TOO THIN ?

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Everywhere you look, there are images of being thin and looking perfect. The cover of Harper's Bazaar , Teen Vogue and Shape magazine, Thin is in! By medical standards, a person's "ideal" weight is calculated by using the BMI (Body Mass Index ) calculator - bmifit.com. The BMI calculation is widely used in the schools to determine who is deemed underweight and who is overweight.

Based on the results of a BMI (body mass index ), your weight is determined. Some fall in the either underweight or overweight categories. Teens can especially be affected by these weight labels. This in turn will affect a person's image and their level of self-esteem. The grass is always greener on the other side. A person is pre-determined to have a certain bone structure and body mass from their parents' genes. If both of your parents are about 5'6 or 5'7 and weigh about 245 lbs, then chances are, you will have the same body type.

That is not to say that 2 overweight parents can't have a "skinny" child. Genes of the families, diet and lifestyle also play a big part in your body design. Kids may tend to do the same. The good news is these habits can be changed for the better.

The Pros and Cons of being on either side of the scale has it's advantages and it's disad-antages. Being a thin person, does have its advantages in that you can wear just about anything. You dont have to worry about watching your weight or dieting. You probably have a better self-image of yourself, because it is more acceptable in society.

One of the disadvantages of being thin means you have a lower bone density and this leads to fragile bones as you get older. Someone who is alot heavier, you have more bone density, and are less likely to break problems as you age. Another disadvantage is that most thin people tend to have deficiencies in vitamins and protein. Most thin people dont really worry about what they eat, versus overweight people.  That is not to say that all thin people don't eat healthy, or that a heavier person always eat healthy, either.

We as society have gotten so caught up in images of models who are only thin and not everyone will fit that mold. Society makes us feel that if you are overweight, that you should be dieting and exercising, to try to lose weight. A overweight person who is at the gym working out hard, may see a thin person working out hard and wonder why is that person even here exercising. I'm sure that has happened before ?

The bottom line is that we need to love ourselves just the way we are. If you are happy and healthy, that is more important, than what society thinks. Everyone is beautiful in their own way. If you are love yourself, you will likely strive to be healthier. If you are happy with yourself, you produce confidence. And who is not attracted to a confident, well-dressed person ?

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Naomi Rose Welty 5 years ago from Savannah, GA

BMI is a bogus measurement. It does not take into account the difference between fat and muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat, so two people of the same height and weight are not necessarily in the same physical condition although their BMI is the same. It is really too bad that schools are using this ridiculous false concept, never mind that medical professionals, who should know better, have fallen into the same error. BMI isn't a magic number; it isn't even a valid number. If we're going to talk about healthy weight, though, thank you for writing an article that discusses the risks of being too thin, a concept a lot of people don't recognize. Kudos!


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realtalker 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

Personally, I think women with curves are WAY more attractive than what the media imposes women to look like. Being too thin definitely is a turn off for me. Great article and thank you for being giving the facts!


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mdiggs1234 5 years ago from Greenville SC Author

Thank Naomi and Realtalker for even reading my 1st hub subject..and the positive comments. I welcome any additional comments that you "vets" can give me....


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realtalker 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

No problem! And sorry for the typos in my last comment, I was writing at like 4:00 in the morning!

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