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princessmommy 09-02-2013 04:36 AM

Has anyone heard this?
I have had 2 of my Aunts tell me that I shouldn't lose anymore weight Because if I were to get Sick I wouldn't have any "reserves" to lose and it would make getting Over being sick a lot harder. I Think they are thinking i'm trying to get down to low in weight, which i'm Not. But has anyone heard this? The last Aunt that told me this was about 115 lbs and tiny but she's always been tiny Lol.

cinglessofme 09-02-2013 04:47 AM

Ive heard it before. However I dont know if its true or an old wives tale.

Ntombi 09-02-2013 04:49 AM

Yes, that's a fairly common thought. There's something to it, actually. When my mother got seriously sick several years ago, she lost weight she couldn't afford to lose, and was more ill because of it. Because she lost her appetite for months, we bought Ensure by the case (at her doctor's suggestion), trying to get enough nutrients into her so that she wouldn't need to be hospitalized for malnutrition. And I will say that my mother was probably about 25-35 lbs over her healthy weight when her illness started, but she lost so much so fast that it was alarming.

But most people don't have that issue, and if you're sure you should lose more weight, do.

GailyGail 09-02-2013 04:50 AM

I have never heard that. While there is such a thing as being too thin of course, I never heard anything about fat reserves helping people bounce back from sickness. Shelly, you look absolutlely perfect and you are at a terrific weight for your height and age. You should be THRILLED with that!

FitMommyNow 09-02-2013 04:52 AM

I've heard that and believe it to a degree. In high school I got down to 130 (slightly over 5'7 and large framed) and could tell it was too little for my body. I stabilized for a long time at 145 and felt like I looked fit yet had some meat on my bones. LOL

Now, I just hope to some day see 160 again.

SC80075 09-02-2013 04:57 AM

When I was much much younger and lost a whole lot of weight, I was told that all the time. I always that it was an old housewives tale, but now that I'm older, I can definitely see how it could be true ... :)


jeaniem 09-02-2013 04:59 AM

I don't worry about it for me, lots of extra padding in reserve. I do worry about it for my son who has nothing to spare and has trouble keeping on weight and probably walks around dehydrated most of the time as well. I think the difference would be if I got the flu I could get better at home and he would probably end up in the hospital pretty quickly.

E.W. 09-02-2013 05:08 AM

I read that in the elderly a few extra pounds can reduce the chance of
having a broken hip as the result of a fall.

Natalia 09-02-2013 05:25 AM

However, losing a few pounds with minor illness like the flu might put you into slightly underweight which is not going to be so bad if its short term. You're not going to drop much more without being admitted to hospital and getting IV fluids.

My first major crohns attack I went from 125 to 112 in a couple weeks and looked very sick.
I was then admitted.

My RMT says extra thin people seem to have lots of trouble with certain vertebrae -- she is little herself but she thinks a few lbs extra are beneficial.

I also heard that people with a little higher body fat do better as they age, provided a cushion against falls etc.

But if I felt overweight in my own skin I would keep losing. Maybe just avoid getting to the very bottom of your range.

Natalia 09-02-2013 05:25 AM

Just wanted to add that I think you look incredibly beautiful, healthy and radiant right now!

princessmommy 09-02-2013 05:41 AM

Thank You Gaileygail and Natalia! Ya'll made my day! ;) i'm 144 as of this morning and have No desire to get to thin. I'm thinking 140 or 135 but no lower. I definetly have "padding" to brace myself for a fall Lol. I understand what my Aunts are worried about But only if I lost to Much weight.

E.W. 09-02-2013 06:00 AM

Well I think I can lose about 160 lbs before this concern will inpact me. Oh! to be facing
that problem .....

glennjones 09-02-2013 06:39 AM

Yes and I believe it's true because it makes sense...however a healthy "thin" person should be able to fight off the common ailments just fine.

Kismet311 09-02-2013 06:41 AM

It does make sense but that doesn't mean every person should go through life 30 lbs overweight just for that reason. The extra weight could cause more ailments.

Chocolate Rose 09-02-2013 06:51 AM

I've heard this, but primarily pertaining to the elderly.

glennjones 09-02-2013 06:51 AM


Originally Posted by Kismet311 (Post 16585729)
It does make sense but that doesn't mean every person should go through life 30 lbs overweight just for that reason. The extra weight could cause more ailments.

I agree 100% Kismet and wasn't implying to be anything but a healthy weight.

Kismet311 09-02-2013 07:05 AM


Originally Posted by Chocolate Rose (Post 16585738)
I've heard this, but primarily pertaining to the elderly.

I think I have heard this also.

llisarray 09-02-2013 07:11 AM

I would think it is true .... My aunt told me that all every time I saw her the last time I lost weight. It irritates the stew out of me though. Lol

erinmarie 09-02-2013 07:12 AM

I have heard this or variations... My second mama was once a size 12/14 and now a 2/4. Her daughter is a nurse and strongly believes health issues increase for her mother when she dips below 115. I was held to this standard by mama in the past as well, as I have stated my weight fluctuates insanely. When under 115 we would make a conscious effort to get back in the zone so to speak. Both of us have low Bp and tended to get weak and run down below that point, however I believe a lot of that was general unhealthy and lack of nutrition. Life became stressful and hectic, we didn't take proper care of ourselves and the result was general ill health.

ravenrose 09-02-2013 07:33 AM

totally agree that if you are 90 years old being very very thin probably gives you less of a chance to survive a severe illness. I think most of us would pay extra for that at that point though!

Leo41 09-02-2013 08:04 AM

Since I am among the 'elderly' (age 72), I can assure you that a lot depends on the nature of the illness, and it's not something that anyone can anticipate.

For example, I know a woman who has always been very, very thin. When she developed ovarian cancer, her surgeon mentioned after the initial operation that it was fortunate that she was so thin because it was much easier for him to be sure that he'd eliminated the cancer because there was so little abdominal fat for him to deal with. He told her that fat is a significant issue in any surgery, especially cancer surgery.

All of my doctors are happy with my weight loss, and none of them have suggested that 'extra pounds' are an advantage in my old age.

baileygirl3 09-02-2013 08:06 AM

I have heard it, but think it applies if you get real thin, you know like say unhealthy for me would be below 125 probably. That is when I start to feel bad. Loss of periods and such, sorry if TMI. This could work the other way too though, overweight people have health issues too. Just find a normal healthy weight for you that you feel good with and go from there.

princessmommy 09-02-2013 09:29 AM

I'm pretty sure my muscle tone is good. My legs are back to being more defined and muscled. Not body builder muscled Lol but the way they used to be as a 20+ yr old. Arms look better too. I can see them being concerned about me if I was stick thin with no muscle but I think i'm ok and starting to work out more to get rid of more of the belly fat! That's where I need the most help.

GME 09-02-2013 09:47 AM

There was a large study a while back about death rates at different weights. It showed that people who are slightly overweight (not obese) die at a lower rate than normal weight people.

The media got hold of it, and since it can't possibly be true that disgusting fat people can be healthy, it must be that old people who get sick and have a cushion of weight can recover better from illness- hence the lower death rate and "skewed" results.

It was all over for a while and I bet your aunts heard the coverage. It was spun in a lot of ways by the medical reporters I saw and read and keeping a "cushion" against illness was one thing I remember hearing somewhere.

snowmop 09-02-2013 09:56 AM

That saying has been in my family for years!! My mother still tells me that every time she sees me.

Ailuros 09-02-2013 09:59 AM

I heard my mother’s friends say it when I was a child — it was always friends who were heavier than she was, explaining why they weren’t bothered about being thin.

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