Being skinny doesn’t necessarily mean you’re healthy — in fact, it’s possible to be visibly thin but metabolically obese.
The key to understanding this phenomenon lies in understanding the distinction between visceral and subcutaneous fat. Subcutaneous fat is the fat beneath our skin, while visceral fat — a type of fat that can be much more dangerous to our health — surrounds our abdominal organs. Someone could have a normal body mass index (BMI), but too much visceral fat, putting them at risk for conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and dementia.
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