Thin VS fatI see alot of girls in my school worry so much that they are FAT (some are not really fat but they are really attractive still they worry that they are fat ) Well because I'm sort of...

Thin VS fat

I see alot of girls in my school worry so much that they are FAT (some are not really fat but they are really attractive still they worry that they are fat ) Well because I'm sort of thin I don't know the effect of it.

can ur'll tell the disadvantages and the advantages of being fat and thin.

Please give some advices so i can advice my friend too  cause she is really worried about this issue .


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catd1115 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a very astute question! I think you first have to remember that not everyone is either Fat or thin. There is such thing as a normal healthy weight that most people would not consider either fat or thin. Health-wise this is actually the goal. As for appearance, well it all has to do with how you feel about yourself, within healthy limits. A desire to be thinner and thinner when one is not truly overweight can lead to eating disorders, which are just as dangerous to your health (if not more) than being overweight. 

The biggest issue is finding it inside yourself to not compare yourself to everyone else. You have to know what is healthy and attractive for YOU and find a way to be that and be excited about it. Everyone view of fat/thin attractice/unattractive is very different. The idea that there is only one set of looks that is attractive is not how the world really works. Often weight concerns are actually about self esteem. You can be a part of helping your friends with this. Everyone needs to know that they are worthwhile and special in their own way. If you know you are valuable as a PERSON, it makes it easier to make smart realistic judgements about your weight and how you look. It really doesn't matter what others think, it is about how you feel. YOu can be a big part of helping your friends understand this.

stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The first thing you and your friend need to do is understand that different people have different understandings of what "fat" means. The medical definition of being "overweight" is based on an individual's bone structure, activity level, and other factors that are frequently not being considered with someone in middle school or high school announces, "I'm so fat."

Persons who actually are too heavy for their build are putting extra workloads on their heart, lungs, bones and muscles, and possibly other organs. Since all these components are important for life, reducing the strain of everyday functioning on them would lead to an easier and probably more comfortable life for the person involved.

The first step is to get a professional evaluation (this means an appointment with a health care provider for a complete physical, including an evaluation of body mass and other assessments as needed) to determine if the person is, in fact, "fat." If the answer to that question is "yes", then steps to change that situation can be discussed and a plan developed to address the concern.

rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is being overweight as a health issue and being overweight as a self-esteem issue. If one is obese, which I believe is anyone with a body mass index of over 30, then there is a genuine health concern.  The biggest problem with the obsession with weight loss in this country is that most of the weight loss programs are aimed at people who are not actually overweight, but rather want to achieve some sort of socially and media-constructed norms for body type. Obesity is an epidemic caused by poor eating and exercise habits, and it needs to be addressed. But eating disorders are a major problem (some might say an epidemic) as well. What the focus needs to be on, in my opinion, is developing healthy lifestyles, which will lead to healthier outcomes. But this is very difficult given the pervasive nature of mass media that on the one hand tells us to consume sweets and fried foods and to play video games and on the other tells us that we should be skinny.

mlsiasebs eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Having some fat on your body is necessary for survival but we (women in general) tend to have a distorted view of what a healthy body looks like because we are so accustomed to seing airbrushed and photoshopped pictures of models who are not even close to being an average size woman.  Rather than worrying about the size of your body (some of which you have no control over because it's just they way you are), we need to focus more on being healthy.  Do you feel energetic?  Do you eat healthy foods (most of the time)?  Do you exercise regularly?  

Before someone, particularly a teenager who is still growing and has greater nutritional needs than an adult, does anything to their diet, they need to discuss with their parents and health care provider.

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The problem here seems to be one of being classified negatively more than it is about the pros and cons of being overweight. 

The solution to the problem may be a simple as defining where the line is between being at a healthy weight and being overweight. Maintaining a healthy weight does not mean that a person will be "thin" necessarily. This can be an important point and understanding that some body fat is healthy can keep people from hurting themselves (through extreme diets or eating disorders) in an effort to become too thin. 


trophyhunter1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is far better to feel good about oneself and not obsess over body image. If someone is a healthy weight for their height, which can be calculated using the BMI or Body Mass Index formula, then, they should not be worried if they are skinny or fat. Weight has to do with genetics, as well as diet and exercise levels. People need to worry about eating healthy foods that are not loaded with preservatives and fats and corn syrup. Having confidence and self-esteem is far better than being "skinny" to fit into a stereotype.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Are you asking about this from a health perspective or an attractiveness perspective?  The previous post is very good on the issue of health.  As far as attractiveness goes, I think that girls often worry too much about what will be attractive to guys.  Different guys are attracted to different things.  I don't think there's just one way to be attractive and so I think girls shouldn't worry about trying to fit into one certain mold.

lsumner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with the above post. Eating healthy will make you feel better. You will have more energy. Also, you will feel good about yourself if you are eating healthy. Building self esteem is important. Learn to love yourself the way you are, even if you need to change your eating habits for healthy ones. The choice to eat healthy is a matter of making up your mind to do so.  

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The health benefits of proper weight management are obvious. Unless there is a reason for putting on excess weight--for sports, such as weightlifting, football or sumo wrestling--thin always beats fat. Occasionally actors have to put on weight for their roles, such as Robert DeNiro in Raging Bull, but they usually reduce the added weight immediately after filming.

dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Self image and self concept are important issues to a female in this age group. Self esteem is also important to us all. How we perceive our bodies contribute to our self image. Even though some people may be under weight or over weight, they still have a healthy self image. It's all about how you perceive your body and how that affects your self image.

Wiggin42 | Student

I don't worry about being fat or thin. However, I do worry about being healthy and for me that usually means being thinner than fatter. For me, this means eating healthier and exercising more. I want to be physically fit and that is what I focus on, not my weight. I don't even check my weight all that regularly. 

user1754155 | Student
Thin VS fat

I see alot of girls in my school worry so much that they are FAT (some are not really fat but they are really attractive still they worry that they are fat ) Well because I'm sort of thin I don't know the effect of it.

can ur'll tell the disadvantages and the advantages of being fat and thin.

Please give some advices so i can advice my friend too  cause she is really worried about this issue .


Students must not have body awareness. it shows that they are alarmed by harmones. they must focus on their given task. as on today the girls are more interested in maintaining body rather than studies. dieting during student phase will deteriorate health. sound mind need good nutricious food. lot of girls are not able to put their best on studies due to voluntary starving to be trim and slim.

melonsmasher | Student

Fat people are generally not accepted than the thin people. Fat people have a lot of adipose tissues in their skin to prevent the loss of heat(insolation) and keeps them warm during winters.

ammoorah123 | Student

id say a person is fat if their bmi is above 25 and obese if their bmi is above 40. girls today however are extremely self conscience about themselves and their weight. what they have to realize is that beauty isnt about how fat or thin you are. in fact sometimes if you are too thin your fearures dont show. if you are eating a balanced diet....doing regurly exercises to keep fit.....having the time of your life and you are not over weight you are not fat! 

sweetskittles24 | Student

It's more healthy to be fit and feel good about yourselve, mentally and physically. However, being is a big issue.

ilovemusic1225 | Student

I think that some girls have the mindset that they are overweight because they look at these picture perfect models in magazines and on tv and think they want to be just like them. Yet these girls happen to be beautiful no matter what. I know this is a cliche, but True beauty comes from within and not what's on the outside. If they really feel that they need to lose weight, then maybe they should change their eating habits and exercising habits to fit to the kind of body they desire.

gracious15 | Student

Big strength often comes with big size. U can  move heavy furniture without having to ask for help. U hardly ever feel cold, so you’ll save on heating fuel in the winter.  U don’t make insensitive comments about the physical appearance of others, because u know what that feels like from first-hand experience. Next time some jerk pokes fun at u at the gym, ask them how much they can bench press.And then go lift double that. U have enough reserves on u to survive a violent stomach flu that would put most people in the hospital. At least you’re not judged as harshly as smokers are. 

Depends on what your definition of "skinny" is.  You have petite or no boobs,small appetite or going to the bathroom all the time due to fast metabolism,no sexy curves,look like a pre-teen boy,cold because of little insulation,and hurt very easily. U constantly get asked if u eat,u constantly get asked if u have a disorder,Clothes dont seem to fit u too well,ppl constantly talk about how skinny u are,and u constantly get pinched. Boosts the odds of enjoying a healthy old age. U are more motivated and often nicer towards people.U can exercise more without getting tired and you look amazing. U can eat delicious treats. U rock skinny jeans. More people like u. U live longer. U have better health.U have great facial complextion. U can do more types of jobs. U don't have to worry if "these jeans make your butt look fat".Overall u have a betterlifestyle.