How Being too Skinny Damages your Physical Health

Low self-confidence. Men don’t respect you. You struggle to get dates. No doubt, being a skinny guy in a fat world can be tough and frustrating. And it gets worse: being skinny is also bad for your health. Because most people are overweight, the media tends to focus on issues of obesity and the associated risks, leading to the mistaken belief that being skinny is a good thing. It isn’t. It is no healthier than being fat, and the consequences of being underweight can be equally dire.

But why are you skinny in the first place?

Chance are you Don’t Eat Enough…

While you might attribute your skinny body to genetics, there is a good chance that you simply do not eat as much as you should. The result is malnutrition, which pretty much means that you aren’t supplying your body with the calories, protein, and micronutrients needed to sustain proper cell function. This lowers the immune system, making you prone to developing (and having a harder time fighting) disease and illness. Skinny guys get sick more easily and take longer to recover.

Osteoporosis is a Skinny Man Problem…

Skinny guys are at higher risk of developing osteoporosis. This a condition wherein the bones in the body become porous and weak over time, making them vulnerable to fractures. As we get older, we lose muscle tone, leaving our bones increasingly unsupported and unprotected. If you skinny-man aren’t getting the calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium your body needs, osteoporosis can develop. If you have ever broken bones, you know that it’s not fun! This is especially true when a person is older.

Are Women Attracted to Skinny Guys?

No woman wants to feel fat. Men who are skinnier than their female counterparts make them feel overweight, even if they aren’t. Women tend to be insecure – their self-confidence is fragile. It doesn’t help that they are continuously blasted with images of what their bodies should be like – on television, in magazines, on the Internet, etc. In most cases, they do not live up to these airbrushed images, and they usually find this bothersome. This is why women are attracted to big muscles.

Anemia: Another Common Skinny Problem…

Not following a diet that provides enough iron (green leafy veggies, lean red meat, fortified cereals, etc.) can bring on anemia. This is a condition wherein your blood has a lower-than-normal amount of red blood cells, and so your body doesn’t receive enough oxygen-rich blood. It usually accompanies a variety of unpleasant symptoms, including fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, and headaches. Severe or chronic anemia can damage your vital organs, and it can even cause death.