By now, you most likely know that being overweight or obese increases a person’s risk of developing serious diseases.
A lot of awareness is being done on the importance of regular exercise and healthy eating as preventive measures against these two conditions.
Being overweight or obese is truly dangerous and in fact a threat to life, but do you also know that too little body fat can also be harmful to the health?
Being slim is trending. A lot of people today are being mindful of their weight and are therefore putting conscious effort to not accumulating body fat.
While this is a welcome development and a thing to be encouraged, there is however a need to exercise caution.
This is because there’s a thin line between being health conscious and being obsessed with body weight and fat.
If the desire to become slim and trim is not constantly put in check, there is a high tendency of crossing the line and becoming completely taken with the idea of fitness so much so that the body is left with very little fat than it needs to function.
Your body needs fat to function normally and healthy. Fat is essential for transporting fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, which are important for your health.
Being very thin is definitely not good for you and can expose you to a number of health problems in the same way being overweight or obese can.
So, what are the health problems that can develop due to too low body fat? Here are some of them:
- Vitamin deficiencies. This increases the risk of a number of diseases
- Heart problems
- Weakened immune system. This leads to frequent illnesses and infections
- Cold intolerance
- Wrinkling and sagging of the skin
- Inability of the body to properly use insulin. This can lead to diabetes
- Fertility problems in women
- Decreased production of testosterone in men
- Decreased brain function and regular feeling of tiredness
If you are aspiring to become thin, you should change your mind today. Being too thin never flatters the appearance; it only succeeds in making one look less attractive.
Being thin is not synonymous to being fit and healthy. In other words, you do not have to be thin to be healthy. Do you have weight loss goals? Make being fit your priority.