Ask the experts: Can you be slim and still unhealthy?
Q: “Can you look (or be) overweight and still be fit and healthy? And on the flip side, can you be slender, but unhealthy?”
Tanya, via email
A: Accredited practising dietitian Maddison Fox says:
“Some people are indeed fit and healthy – while their body weight remains higher than others. But on the opposite side of the coin, being thin does not give you an automatic A+ in health and fitness. Some people who look thin can be unfit, have a poor diet and have high levels of visceral fat around their middle. This dangerous fat is linked to chronic disease and stored deep around your middle area and internal organs (such as your liver). Though it may be harder to spot on a person who appears slim, it’s just as harmful.
While being overweight can increase your risk of developing chronic diseases, there is no reason that you can’t be healthy as an overweight person, especially if you eat well, exercise regularly and most importantly, have a clean bill of health from your doctor.”