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):