Losing bodily weight has become for many North Americans virtually an obsession — although many other folks remain overweight or even obese, and don’t seem to feel equally compelled to try to become slimmer. But some obsessive weight-losers succeed all too well, and wind up developing some health problems that may sound rather unfamiliar to the rest of us — but are nonetheless quite real for them, and even in some cases painful and even potentially life-shortening.
The generally recognized number for characterizing overweightness and obesity is Body-Mass Index (BMI). BMI is formally defined as the quotient when a person’s body weight in kilograms is divided by the square of the person’s height in meters. Thus, a man weighing 100 kilograms (about 220 pounds) and two meters tall (about six feet seven inches tall) would have a BMI of 100/2×2 = 100/4 = 25, which as it happens is conventionally taken to be the dividing point between ‘normal’/healthy body weight (having a lower BMI) and overweightness (having a higher BMI). The dividing point between mere overweightness and actual obesity is conventionally taken to be BMI = 30.
In the other direction, the conventional dividing line between ‘normal’ — or at least healthy — weight and under weightiness is taken to be BMI = 18.5, which seems utterly unattainable for most folks today. But girls in one very identifiable group — student track athletes, in fact attain BMIs of 18,5 or lower in appreciable numbers. Their health issues have recently received some serious research study, which lasted for three years and looked specifically at female varsity runners.
The researchers found that underweight college-age female varsity runners having BMIs of 19 or lower frequently developed stress fractures, and that the length of time the girls had to wait before they could again resume running correlated quite closely with the severity of their under weightiness. The study included eighteen girls, who incurred twenty-four fractures of their tibias during the study. The severity of fractures was graded on a scale of one to five, based on both clinical and X-ray criteria.
The human tibia bone, aka the shinbone, is the larger of the two long bones in the human lower leg between the knee and the ankle; it is a large, strong bone that in most folks doesn’t break easily. But one underweight girl has reported eight or nine fractures, some in her tibia, during her high school and college running career.
This particular girl had a history of eating disorders, and of having gone for a long stretch of her life without having any periods. When she began forcing herself to eat normally, she gained about fifteen pounds/seven kilograms of weight, probably at least partly in the form of desirable muscle mass — and her height increased by two inches. She is now healthier overall, she enjoys running more, and she hasn’t had another stress fracture for at least a year.
According to one academic who has studied under weightiness, girls of high-school and college age should try to maintain a bodily ratio of fat to their total weight of twenty percent to twenty-two percent for good hormonal health; otherwise, their bodies may be unable to heal stress fractures, even if they ingest extra Vitamin D and calcium. Going all-out at achieving under weightiness, although being very underweight may for a while enable them to run a bit faster, can result in a lifetime of health problems. If human bodies aren’t getting proper nutrition, they’ll steal calcium from their bones, leading to osteoporosis and fractures even at a young age. They may even steal essential nutrients from their heart muscle, thereby weakening it and setting them up for heart problems that could have been avoided. Thus, severe under weightiness may set people up to develop a variety of medical problems:
- Fragile bones, that break easily and heal slowly.
- Weakened immune response, leading to getting sick more often.
- Weakened heart muscle, and possibly ‘heart failure’ or other heart
events or problems.
- Iron-deficiency anemia, with fewer red blood cells, and with the loss of
iron stored elsewhere in the body.
Calcium is a very essential mineral for human bodies. Strong bones could not be formed without it. Malnutrition leading to severe under weightiness forces human bodies to steal calcium from bones, and may also mean that inadequate energy is being gained from foods; this energy is needed to rebuild weakened bones. Also, the levels of the hormones responsible for bone building and calcium usage may have become too low for them to get their vital jobs done.
Human bodies’ immune systems likewise depend upon the bodies getting proper nutrition, specifically enough fats and protein. Malnutrition may mean that not enough white blood cells are being produced to destroy pathogens invading the body before they can do damage. Antibody production may likewise be reduced, compromising the body’s ability to fight off virus infections. One bit of good news: Giving malnourished folks some recovery nutrients, fortified with extra protein, zinc, and Vitamin E, can go a long ways to restore their bodies’ ability to fight off infections.
Underweight, malnourished folks are also at risk of developing consequent heart problems, such as prolapsed mitral valves, irregular heartbeats, and ‘heart failure.’ Proper operation of the heart depends upon the proper balancing of potassium, sodium, and calcium both within and outside of heart-muscle cells, which can be jeopardized by malnutrition. And human bodies’ tendency to steal nutritional elements from heart muscles, if people are malnourished, can make matters a lot worse.
Iron-deficiency anemia results when human bodies deplete their internally stored iron past a certain point. The crucial active ingredient in red blood cells is hemoglobin, an iron-based protein biochemical that carries oxygen from lungs to other tissues throughout the body. In iron-deficiency anemia, bodies produce fewer red blood cells, and those that are produced have less hemoglobin. Worse all around.
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