Did you know that you can be both skinny and fat at the same time?
This might be counter-intuitive, but it’s true. A client of mine weighed 55.5 kg (around 121 pounds) but had a 33.8 percent body fat. She was in her late 30s. If we use the American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM) body fat guidelines, her body fat was below average even if she was slim.
A 2008 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that about one-fourth of U.S. adults with normal weight were at risk for heart problems. They had larger waists or potbellies which means they might have internal fat deposits surrounding their abdominal organs, regardless of their healthy weight.
Such people are usually called “skinny fat” people. The fancy medical term for them is “metabolically obese normal weight” (MONW) individuals. This phenomenon begs the question: if people with normal weight can have too much fat in their body, is body weight an accurate indicator of body fat.