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Not eat enough or eat too much...what's worse?

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Created May 15, 2012 at 4:42 AM

Under nourished or over nourished? What's worse?

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on June 04, 2012
at 06:10 PM

I'm underweight, and perfectly healthy. Healthier, in fact, than when I maintained a relatively low "normal" BMI for my height. Maybe it means that underweight does not equal undernourished. I find it odd that for a group of people who know better than to trust the traditional food pyramid, many of us still cleave to BMI standards.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on June 04, 2012
at 06:08 PM

I'm underweight, and perfectly healthy. Healthier, in fact, than when I maintained a relatively low "normal" BMI for my height. I find it odd that for a group of people who know better than to trust the traditional food pyramid, many of us still cleave to BMI standards.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on June 04, 2012
at 06:06 PM

It also assumes that being underweight equals dead. I purposely maintain a lower than "recommended" body weight because of how I feel, relatively speaking. I am underweight by quite a bit, and feel great physically, recover faster from illness and workouts, etc.

6747a5447a3440b5c87ebf5f2c1e0ead

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on June 04, 2012
at 05:33 PM

@ Wayne Daniels, any references to back that up?

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on June 04, 2012
at 05:23 PM

When looking at overall BMI mortality rates, underweight people die more often than overweight or obese people.

5cd8441bd01fc10816085bfc092477c4

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on May 16, 2012
at 12:42 AM

I think it must be part genetic too---my Mom is the same way. She is 6 ft tall (well, probably less now, she is 77) and around 140-145. She has always worked out a lot too, but has slowed down some in the past year or so.

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on May 15, 2012
at 11:42 PM

+1 for Korion. .

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on May 15, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Well, it appears that being overweight pre-menopause is protective against breast cancer but it is not protective after menopause. Interesting.

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on May 15, 2012
at 06:17 PM

Why would underweight in terms of BMI be healthier? Last time I checked BMI does not take gender or race into account.

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on May 15, 2012
at 12:51 PM

Well, try getting fat & diabetic by undereating! But your point is well taken, there is more to diabetes than just eating too much. Biochemistry is a bitch.

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on May 15, 2012
at 12:47 PM

Depends on how severly we are talking here. Slightly under on calories is better than slightly over in terms of longevity (probably). Severely over may be better than severely under, ie risk of fat/sick versus risk of sick/dead.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 15, 2012
at 11:48 AM

You do not know HOW MUCH I envy you. I would give up anything to be like you.

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on May 15, 2012
at 11:45 AM

Worse for what?

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

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on May 15, 2012
at 11:33 AM

Maybe he means underweight in terms of the normal BMI scale.

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on May 15, 2012
at 09:15 AM

Underweight but healthy... that's an oxymoron.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on May 15, 2012
at 09:13 AM

This assumes that eating too much causes diabetes and excess body fat.

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on May 15, 2012
at 08:23 AM

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on May 15, 2012
at 05:23 AM

I think it depends on your starting point. Overweight probably better to be undernourished - underweight and ill - probably over nourished...

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 15, 2012
at 05:16 AM

LOL... Short and sweet... but why so dramatic?

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F0a3e3f17d9a740810ac37ff2353a9f3

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on May 15, 2012
at 05:06 AM

That depends on whether you think it's better to be fat and diabetic or dead.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on May 15, 2012
at 09:13 AM

This assumes that eating too much causes diabetes and excess body fat.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 15, 2012
at 05:16 AM

LOL... Short and sweet... but why so dramatic?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on May 15, 2012
at 12:51 PM

Well, try getting fat & diabetic by undereating! But your point is well taken, there is more to diabetes than just eating too much. Biochemistry is a bitch.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on May 15, 2012
at 11:42 PM

+1 for Korion. .

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on June 04, 2012
at 06:06 PM

It also assumes that being underweight equals dead. I purposely maintain a lower than "recommended" body weight because of how I feel, relatively speaking. I am underweight by quite a bit, and feel great physically, recover faster from illness and workouts, etc.

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on May 15, 2012
at 10:35 AM

I guess it depends on how underweight you mean, but aren't out hunter-gatherer ancestors supposed to have lived in a state of semi-starvation for some parts of the year?

If you have a choice between "underweight" and "overweight" why don't just go for "neither"?

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on May 15, 2012
at 12:20 PM

I personally think it depends on what you are eating. I'm happy to eat veggies until my heart is content, I have a huge piece of steak for dinner and I'm full. It's double what I used to eat but I'm still losing weight and feeling fantastic. I personaly would be very wary of people telling you to be undernourished as that in itself can be very dangerous and can SOMETIMES lead to an eating disorder (I only say that from self experience)

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on May 15, 2012
at 08:55 AM

Underweight but healthy is the key to longevity

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on May 15, 2012
at 09:15 AM

Underweight but healthy... that's an oxymoron.

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on May 15, 2012
at 11:33 AM

Maybe he means underweight in terms of the normal BMI scale.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on May 15, 2012
at 06:17 PM

Why would underweight in terms of BMI be healthier? Last time I checked BMI does not take gender or race into account.

6747a5447a3440b5c87ebf5f2c1e0ead

(231)

on June 04, 2012
at 05:33 PM

@ Wayne Daniels, any references to back that up?

4b5be253ac1981c690689cab7e4bf06d

(3043)

on June 04, 2012
at 05:23 PM

When looking at overall BMI mortality rates, underweight people die more often than overweight or obese people.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on June 04, 2012
at 06:10 PM

I'm underweight, and perfectly healthy. Healthier, in fact, than when I maintained a relatively low "normal" BMI for my height. Maybe it means that underweight does not equal undernourished. I find it odd that for a group of people who know better than to trust the traditional food pyramid, many of us still cleave to BMI standards.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on June 04, 2012
at 06:08 PM

I'm underweight, and perfectly healthy. Healthier, in fact, than when I maintained a relatively low "normal" BMI for my height. I find it odd that for a group of people who know better than to trust the traditional food pyramid, many of us still cleave to BMI standards.

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on August 26, 2014
at 04:09 AM

Hippocrates was quoted as saying that you should not eat to the point of feeling full. at that point you have just poisoned yourself.

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4b5be253ac1981c690689cab7e4bf06d

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on June 04, 2012
at 05:22 PM

It is worse to be undernourished.

There is some growing evidence that "obesity" may be caused in part by being under nourished, in terms of vitamins, minerals, and good food. Thus, it is not just calories, but the whole diet that comes into play.

Your body, when you listen to it, usually tells you when you are overnourished. If you cannot stand the sight of liver after eating it the past week, or your body says "ya know, I'm tired of beef, lets have some fish," you will get those signs.

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on May 15, 2012
at 06:23 PM

I will have to find the research but I am pretty sure that being slightly overweight is protective against cancer.

Fb031dfd6b79e5617da593a2bf9b23cd

(120)

on May 15, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Well, it appears that being overweight pre-menopause is protective against breast cancer but it is not protective after menopause. Interesting.

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5cd8441bd01fc10816085bfc092477c4

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on May 15, 2012
at 11:06 AM

I struggle with that myself. I have never been overweight, but I have been too thin several times in my life. Not because I have an eating disorder, but because I just don't eat a lot (although I have eaten healthy most of my adult life). I had gained about 10 lbs over the last 3 or 4 years and it disturbed me, (I had gotten a bit lazy and was eating too much bread, crackers etc), so I started Crossfit (I was a runner for many many years and had slacked on that a bit) and exploring the Paleo diet. After cutting out grain products, except for rice and some granola (I make my own), I have lost almost all the 10 lbs in short order. HOwever, I can tell if I don't up my food intake I will lose down to being too skinny again. It's a narrow line I walk every day. I am 5' 10", 138 lbs and 49 years old.

5cd8441bd01fc10816085bfc092477c4

(925)

on May 16, 2012
at 12:42 AM

I think it must be part genetic too---my Mom is the same way. She is 6 ft tall (well, probably less now, she is 77) and around 140-145. She has always worked out a lot too, but has slowed down some in the past year or so.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 15, 2012
at 11:48 AM

You do not know HOW MUCH I envy you. I would give up anything to be like you.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 04, 2012
at 04:15 PM

Both are worse.

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