The phrase kind of defies logic. How the hell can someone be both “skinny” and “fat” at the same time? What kind of satanic curse is this?
Well, the “skinny” refers to having relatively low levels of lean muscle mass and the “fat” refers to having too much body fat. And when you combine these things–too little muscle and too much fat–you get the “skinny fat” look.
In article on http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ The common wisdom is that if you are overweight you are unhealthy, and if you are thin, you are healthy. But new research points to just how dangerous being skinny can be — if you are a “skinny fat” person, that is.
The medical term for this is “MONW,” or metabolically obese normal weight, which I prefer to refer to as being a skinny fat person. It means you are under lean but over fat — not enough muscle and too much fat (especially belly fat). It seems it is better to be fat and fit than thin and out of shape.
While we know that 68 percent of the American population is overweight, and that most have diabesity — being somewhere on the continuum of pre-diabetes to Type 2 diabetes — the shocking news from a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association is that nearly 1 in 4 skinny people have pre-diabetes and are “metabolically obese.”
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