Obesity is not the only weight related issue that plagues millions. Though not as prevalent, being underweight can be just as dangerous as being overweight. Finding middle ground is the healthiest option but can be the most difficult, given all the various factors that contribute to our state of weight. Some of the biggest concerns when it comes to overall health and wellness involving being underweight, are why and how. Bulimia to anorexia, to being diagnosed with mental or emotional disorders can be very concerning when it comes to how and why a person is underweight. Balancing a healthy weight in today’s world can prove challenging and at times difficult, but very worth it.
Thinner is not always better
If being thin is a main focus in your life, take caution, by educating yourself of the health risks that can accompany being too thin.
* Malnutrition is a big risk of being too thin and can lead to many other issues as well. Not only does the body get robbed of needed nutrients to function properly, energy and drive will also directly suffer from malnutrition.
* Without proper nutrients, bones become deficient in calcium, making them weak and brittle.
* Lack of iron can lead to anemia, which can then in turn create problems in delivering adequate amounts of oxygen to the rest of vital organs and muscles.
* The immune system will become weak, and exposure to bacterial infections and viruses can leave you sick, contributing to chronic fatigue.
* Hair loss will be a result of lack of proper nutrition.
* Fine hair called lanugo will grow over the extremities for thermoregulation of the body. Less fat and muscle mass, leads to heat loss and poorly regulated thermodynamics.
* Being too thin can cause fertility problems, leading to irregularities and even infertility if serious enough.
* Being underweight is also dangerous while pregnant, leading to premature labor, compromised birth weights and possible developmental problems.
* Heart irregularities can develop due to dehydration or lack of balanced electrolytes, leading to palpitations, arrhythmias and possible irreversible heart damage.
* Lung tissue can be affected by being underweight.
* Pneumonia as well as asthma and bronchitis can be common problems experienced when unhealthy body weights are maintained.
* Diabetes can also be contracted by poor diet habits, resulting in compromised pancreatic activity and varying blood sugar levels.
Too skinny, too risky!
Being underweight can go much deeper than you might think. Because of imbalanced hormone levels, depression and low self-esteem can result or even contribute to the reoccurring cycle of being underweight. Mental issues can develop and suicide risks can increase. When it comes to health and nutrition, maintaining a healthy diet as well as healthy lifestyle choices, can be ideal for balanced weight management. If overall health and wellness are important, then stay away from trying to lose too much weight. Stay within recommended weight limits for your age and gender. Remember to always listen to your body, it will tell you what it needs and when too much is too much.
My name is Dakota, an aspiring young author with an obsession with overall health! That's how I found myself involved with Triu Naturals and sites like this, that widen my knowledge of diet and exercise.