Skinny-fat or normal weight obesity is a phenomenon that affects over 30 million Americans every year (ABC). Normal weight obesity is defined as when you have a healthy BMI (body mass index), your weight is average or below average for your height and gender, but you have a high percentage of body fats. This article will look at what normal weight obesity is, and what you can do to prevent any negative health side effects.
What is normal weight obesity?
Normal weight obesity is when you appear to be thin or average weight, which means you have a healthy BMI and an average weight, but you have a higher percentage of body fat than you should. Many people that are, skinny-fat appear to be healthy, and may even appear thinner than someone who has a low body fat percentage.
If I look thing what are the risks of a high body fat percentage?
Normal weight obesity is dangerous because it increases your risk of obesity related diseases despite your skinny appearance.
How can I improve my health?
Normal weight obesity can be controlled by lowering fat in your diet, increasing cardio exercise, and including weight conditioning in your workout. Many people that are skinny-fat are naturally skinny and do not exercise because of their physique, which means adding simple exercises are the general solution. Weight conditioning is important because it will help your body consume fat while you are doing the cardio faze of your workout. Without weight training your body will not shed the fat, but instead actually eat your muscle and make your body fat percentage even worse. Many people that are skinny-fat are that way because they would be able to eat any foods without gaining weight. These foods are often junk food, or food high in fats, which helped increase their body fat percentage. A simple diet change that avoids foods high in fat, such as processed deli meats and fried foods will help decrease the dangerous body fat. It is important to note that weight gain while exercising is normal and is actually healthy if the gain is muscle.
How do I know if I am normal weight obese?
Normal weight obesity is best diagnosed by either your primary care doctor or by fitness expert at your local gym. To determine if you are normal weight obese your body fat is measured with a body fat caliper to determine if your body fat levels are in the healthy range. If you are diagnosed with normal weight obesity then you should start to diet and exercise right away because you are facing the same health risks as obese individuals.