Thin But Constantly Hungry

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Hungry Image 200We often think being thin is the same thing as being “healthy”, but this is not true anymore. Recent studies are showing that skinny people who eat everything in sight yet never gain a pound are at an increased risk of developing cancer, diabetes, fatty liver disease, and heart disease.

How can thin people be unhealthy? It is called “over-nutrition” and it is a condition that develops when we eat or drink more calories than our bodies require. Some of us have the genetic ability to dump this excess energy into fat cells.

Other individuals are not as capable of producing extra body fat, but all that excess energy still has to go somewhere. Combining this “skinny genetic trait” with excessive hunger provides a recipe for the early development of many different illnesses and disease.

Many thin people do not have “lucky” metabolism after all. Their thin bodies, just like overweight bodies, are damaged by poor eating habits. We are now seeing thin people develop chronic illnesses before their heavier counterparts.

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Am I saying it’s good to be overweight? No, not at all. I am saying that the production of fat is a visible nutritional alarm system but some people were born without this warning sign.

If someone does not produce much body fat, they consume all of those excess calories and energy without any clue that something toxic is happening to their body on the inside.

Excess energy that is not stored as fat is deposited in our organs, which can have dangerous consequences. Excess energy stored in the liver causes fatty liver disease and is now the most common cause of liver transplantation.

Excess energy stored in the pancreas elevates blood sugar and triggers diabetes. Excess energy stored in the heart renders the heart muscle stiff and incapable of pumping correctly, and results in congestive heart failure.

Why are we so hungry? We may have a damaged autonomic nervous system from stress, trauma, or childbirth. Our hunger control might also be influenced by bacterial overgrowth of the intestinal track, the constant onslaught of marketing, and easy access to addictive and calorie dense foods.

It becomes a cycle where the more fat and sugar that we consume, the more fat and sugar that we want to consume. These foods literally alter our brain’s blood flow and hormone levels and make us “feel good” after eating them.

If you (or your kids) are not overweight yet are always eating and are constantly hungry, you need to understand this does not mean you have magical metabolism.

You might be on a rapid path towards illness and poor health, but you can stop this disease cycle. With autonomic system and intestinal bacterial re-balancing, we can help re-regulate your hunger control and return your metabolism back on a healthier track.


Patrick Nemechek, D.O.

Patrick Nemechek, D.O.

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