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Eats crap all day, but still thin?

Answered on May 20, 2014
Created May 20, 2014 at 4:21 AM

We've all had that one lucky friend that eats all the junk food on the planet and never seems to gain weight.

In my case, I'm friends with a thin (around 100lb), 5'0, Asian female who eats literally every 1-2 hours, all processed, SAD carbs--think doughnuts, pastries, pizza, etc. Also, timing doesn't seem to matter. Dinner is very late at night sometimes--around 9pm. In spite of this, she stays thin and has fantastic blood pressure (around 100/60). Doesn't exercise also. And no, she doesn't have an eating disorder, if that came to mind. How is this possible? Could she just be 'skinny fat'? If so, how is this harming the inside of her body, although we can't see it on the outside? Or maybe lucky, lucky genetics? I'm thoroughly convinced genetics isn't the "end-all-be-all" of health, however.

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http://imgur.com/OcRKK lucky genetics followed by unlucky epigenetics.

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on May 20, 2014
at 10:03 PM

my sister eats all junk food and is very thin but doesn't eat a lot. the junk food she does eat usually fills her up so she rarely gets over 1000 calories a day. is this healthy? heck no, but she doesn't have any health problems and never exercises.

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on May 20, 2014
at 11:35 AM

It's very likely she doesn't eat as much as you think she does.

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on May 20, 2014
at 11:32 AM

My manager (whose in his mid 40's) eats bread, crisps, chocolate, soda, rice, pasta, fries, pappadums, plenty of beer every night, and like rawdawg alluded to he fidgets all day long, the guy can't sit still for more than a minute, the worst case of ants in your pants I've ever come across! He stays slim, doesn't exercise apart from his constant moving around & has no apparent health problems.

I think some people get away with being sugar burners but as far as i'm aware it's a fact that as we age we become less efficient at burning sugar so the health risks will increase, worth noting that our ability to burn fat doesn't decrease with age.

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on May 20, 2014
at 10:26 AM

Obesity is the body's way of disposing of excess calories that would otherwise cause damage. High blood sugar is very damaging to nerve tissues. Once you go past the point where the liver becomes insulin resistant and even the fat tissues go insulin resistant, you risk diabetes. Normally fat tissues will continue to expand to fill the need and you get very very large people. At some point, that doesn't work anymore either so they get diabetic and get very sick.

Folks who are skiny normally dispose of excess glucose by thermogenesis - that is they heat up, or fidget to burn off the rest. Once they're unable to do that, they're in trouble, because they can go to diabetes without going obese.

It's also possible that some of the skinny folks just don't absorb food as well as everyone else. Some of this is related to gut flora. So they can truly eat tons of food, and not absorb a lot of it.

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on May 20, 2014
at 05:44 AM

I have several friends in their 20s like this. They all have family members who were very thin until their 40s or so and now struggle with type 2 diabetes, heart issues, liver issues, you name it. They all assumed thin = healthy.

It's a pretty bad gamble if you ask me.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on May 20, 2014
at 05:52 AM

http://imgur.com/OcRKK lucky genetics followed by unlucky epigenetics.

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