The other day one of our personal training clients, who is in great shape, told me that one of her friends remarked to her, “Why on Earth do you work out? You’re skinny!” This comment is an example of a great misconception in our society: that skinny = healthy.
This client can deadlift and squat more than her own body weight, and has a healthy percentage of body fat and lean tissue (muscle). She is lean, but also strong and healthy. Some so-called skinny people, on the other hand, are none of the above.
Have you heard the term skinny-fat? It is everyday lingo for the medical term Metabolically Obese Normal Weight (MONW). This occurs in both men and women when their overall body weight is in the healthy range for their age, gender and height but the amount of fat on their bodies is high and their muscle tone is low.
Those classified as MONW, aka skinny-fat are:
The bottom line: skinny does not always equal healthy, and everyone – regardless of body type – can benefit from taking steps to improve their health and fitness.
Poul Nielsen is the owner and operator of Nielsen Fitness, Toronto's leading team of in-home personal trainers. He has 16 years' experience in the fitness industry and has taught courses in Fitness and Lifestyle Management at George Brown College.
In addition to exercise (obviously), he loves spending time with his family, playing the guitar, strong coffee - and dark chocolate!