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The Danger of Conflating Thinness With Health

In modern society, being thin is seen as the same as being healthy. In some sense, it’s understandable that we would conflate the two, given that being overweight is associated with a range of health risks. We commonly link ‘being fat’ or having ‘excess fat’ as a sign of poor health and low body fat (leanness) as an indicator of good health. But our modern obsession with thinness does carry some dangers. By conflating thinness with health, we often glamourize excess skinniness, which can lead to all sorts of negative health consequences for people. Indeed, you can have body fat that is too low.


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