Body Fat: Is it Good or Bad for You?

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Unrealistic body standards perpetuated by today’s media have led young people to strive for a body type that is idealistic and unrealistic. The common perception among most people is that being fat automatically means that you’re unfit, which may not always be the case.

Several factors play a role in a person’s body composition, many of which are out of the person’s control. Here is all you need to know about body fat and its role in your body.

The Good

Body fat is a natural occurrence developed in our bodies during prehistoric times as a way to store energy. This is why underweight people are more likely to be fatigued easily. Body fat can provide the person with several advantages, such as maintaining a steady temperature, balanced hormone levels, digestion, and normal blood sugar.

People should, therefore, not worry if they don’t have the perfect beach body by the time summer comes because honestly, you may be better off without it.

The Bad

That being said, high levels of body fat can be dangerous too. If a person has an abnormally high Body Mass Index (BMI), it can lead to several heat-related illnesses. It’s no laughing matter, which is why doctors urge their patients to always aim for moderation, not too fat or too thin.

In short, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to body composition. Body fat is determined by a person’s eating habits and their metabolism, genetics, and general mood. The only thing you should worry about is eating a balanced diet and getting ample exercise.

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