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Susan Reed bikes and kayaks - her diet is mostly vegetarian

“On BMI purposes I fall in the normal range.”   

So imagine her surprise when her doctor told her she had a "fat" problem.

“Your weight in pounds does not necessarily reflect how much fat you have nor does it reflect where the fat is located.”

Pot belly or abdominal fat is much riskier than fat carried on the hips or buttocks. Dr. Steven Goldstein authored a study that found that BMI charts mislead a lot of people. 

“20% of the people with normal BMI, normal height and weight were greater than the 75th percentile for body fat. What we call the skinny fat…”

The wake-up call for Susan came when she had a modified version of a dexa scan - the same scan that calculates your bone density and risk for osteoporosis. Only this special version detects all of your lean and fat body mass and most importantly, where you carry it. 

Turns out Susan was what doctors call skinny fat.

“I have to say I was shocked. I've had no other indicators that that would lead me to think that it was a situation.”

There are also fat-skinny people who are overweight on BMI charts but whose fat composition is normal and carried in so-called safer body areas.

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