By thin, I actually mean height-weight proportionate, since different girls have different healthy BMI's.
(Fair warning: This is a rather politically-incorrect topic to discuss.)
Here in the US, a normal BMI is considered an unattainable standard and you'd be a jerk to be turned-off by someone of an unhealthy weight.
But for nearly everywhere else in the world, a normal BMI is the vast majority. Over 2 in 3 are at least overweight in the US, with about one in 3 being obese. Compared to most other nations where more like one in 3 are mildly overweight, and about one in 10 are obese.
If it's so unattainable, how come we are the only country that seems to have trouble with it? If it's "genetic", why has the obesity rate more than tripled since the 70's?
I have my own theories on this one. But I would just like to spark discussion, as this is a very stark problem here in the US.
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I don't think thin is unattainable, it's more or less that everyone has their own definition of thin. Thin to one person could be someone like Miley Cyrus, or thin could be someone like Britney spears. It's all relative to how you look at it.
I think instead of focusing on BMI, we all need to get people to learn how to eat healthy again and to get exercising. It's great to try and put a number on things, but we know that doesn't work.
Plus there are people who one would think is healthy by looking at them, who are not mainly because of diet and lack of exercise. So the reason it's a touchy subject is that it's so subjective to begin with. It's hard not to step on anyone's toes when discussing something like this.
I agree it is a problem, I myself am overweight. But I at least do something to combat it. I exercise and eat well. I am one of those people who has a health issue that causes my weight to be hard to control. But I manage it, and blood tests show I am healthy. But it's hard to see people who just don't care, who eat crap and don't want to exercise. But there really isn't anything I can do about it. Especially if that is their choice.
The only time I can see thin being unattainable is when they are comparing a person to someone who has a drastically different body type. Like me for instance, I have broad shoulders, huge boobs, big butt, thick thighs, all natural. I can never be the same size as Miley Cyrus, not healthily anyway. I'll always have broad shoulders, and big boobs. My body is meant to be bigger, smaller than I am now, but bigger than Miley Cyrus. But Miley Cyrus looks healthy and is healthy, her frame is different than mine. So I think that is the problem when discussing it. Everyone is different, so it makes it hard to stick to one ideal, because there isn't one, there are several. A different ideal for each person.
That's why I wish they would stop focusing on BMI alone and go look at it in conjunction with everything else. Look at blood pressure, look a cholesterol, look at blood sugar, body fat, etc. All together so that we have an idea of one's health over all.