Why we say losing weight isn’t the same as being fit
Quite naturally, when you look at Sonam Kapoor dazzling in that pretty black dress, you felt that urge to fit in there. Of course we understand that looking at Milind Soman with his jaw-dropping perfect bod can get you glued to the screen. We get that all, but you know what? You may have mixed healthy weight with being thin. Sightly confused? Here you go!
Being healthy v/s Being Fit
Obesity continues to dominate the young demographics in our country of India, and it’s not a surprise. As your waists grow larger it grows the risk of developing health issues. It is important to address obesity as a contributing factor for ill health, but with the advent of the internet and growing Instagram personalities, our focus has been more towards fitting into those size zero jeans.
As important as it is, to lose the extra fat of your body, it is also important to be healthy. Much of your appearance can be affected if you’re not healthy from the inside. It is far more important for you to feel good than just to look good. Because, if you feel good on the inside, you will look good on the outside. If you decide to go all out with losing weight and being thin it can certainly create health issues for you:
- Heart Conditions: Most of the conditions that arise when you lose too much weight or being low on your BMI scale are associated with malnutrition leading to heart complications. According to several surveys, it was found that underweight individuals have a risk of inadequate supply of potassium, sodium, and calcium for the muscles to work efficiently. If the muscles are not able to function properly, your body may even begin to break down your heart as a supply of energy as your body’s energy is constantly depleted.
- Depression: A V-shape torso for men and an hour-glass figure for women is something that everybody strives towards. It is often difficult to get that and then maintain the same body form for over the years. Losing extra weight can even take a toll on your social life sometimes. There have been plenty of studies that have showcased the association between being underweight and being depressed. It was found that adults who were overweight and underweight were both likely to be depressed than those who had a healthy weight.
- Weak Bones: A condition in which bones become weak and brittle is known as Osteoporosis which is commonly considered a disease for the elderly folks; a low BMI can also turn out to be an important risk factor. Calcium is one of the most important nutrients that our body needs to build strong and healthy bones. A glass of milk or a cup of yogurt in your daily diet should hold a high position. An underweight person is far more vulnerable to osteoporosis than a person in a normal weight range, even if the person consumes an adequate amount of calcium.
- Compromised Immune System: Every nutrient from your balanced diet plays a vital role in keeping your body healthy and keeping your body away from diseases. In order to fit into those jeans, if you skip them, you might feel under the weather more often than not. According to a few research studies, lack of sufficient nutrient reserves in your body may lead to a weaker immune system. To simplify, if you have a weaker immune system – it means you are more prone to bacteria and viruses which lead to illness.
- Increased Mortality Rate: That white dress would look super good on you, YES, but sometimes it could also lead to premature death. A study has shown that underweight individuals experienced a 1.8% increased risk of death than those in a normal weight range. Surprisingly, obese individuals have slightly less risk to their life. It is important to note that, being thin isn’t a good indicator of a person’s health. A good combination of healthy muscle mass, good bone structure, and an adequate amount of fat.
Being skinny can be natural for some individuals, but if it’s not, bending over backwards to get there could become unhealthy, even dangerous as you can see. Being more focused on an active lifestyle can turn out to be a far healthier option.
Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.