A lot of people make the mistake of equating a skinny body, or a bikini body, with being a healthy body. But, does a bikini body really mean that it’s a healthy body? The answer isn’t as simple as you might think.
A Few Quick Facts
Time reported that a study found that having a bikini body doesn’t mean that you’re healthy.
Sure, being overweight or obese increases your risk for a range of ailments, but when experts performed a genetic analysis of over 75,000 individuals, they discovered that skinny people might have a genetic variant that increases their risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, even if they have low body fat.
Beyond that, experts have realized that different people will store body fat in different ways, and where fat is stored is largely based on gender and genes. In fact, some people have a genetic variant that makes them unable to store body fat beneath the skin. So, where does that body fat go instead?
People who are thin and lean, and who have that enviable bikini body, might not have any visible fat under their skin. But, this doesn’t mean that they don’t have any fat. Instead, it means that the fat might be found deeper in the body, in their muscles and around their organs. This can lead to higher cholesterol, difficulty processing insulin, and a greater risk of disorders like diabetes.
Some people are considered “skinny fat,” which means that they look thin, but they don’t have a lot of muscular strength and they actually have a lot of fat deep in the body where you can’t see it. It’s that fat that’s actually even more harmful to your overall health than subcutaneous fat that lies underneath the skin and is easier to get rid of.
Ultimately, being thin doesn’t necessarily mean that you are healthy. Also, even if you exercise all the time to maintain your lean physique and your muscle mass, if you are not eating a healthy diet, you might be putting yourself at risk of problems like heart disease. Take care of yourself by eating right and being active, but also consider seeing your doctor for a thorough exam and blood test at least once a year. You might be surprised to discover that you aren’t as healthy as you thought, even if you are very thin.