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Is it harder to be underweight or overweight?
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Posted 4/25/10
Well, if your underweight you can eat all you want? ;D
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25 / F / In your closet
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Posted 4/25/10
both!! Since its not healthy to be over wight and underweight. =P
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29 / F / Portage, MI
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Posted 4/25/10 , edited 4/25/10
If you mean underweight as in Anorexia or Bulimia, than that can be hard. but I think being over weight is harder. Personal experience here. I've been overweight most of my life, only recently doing something about it, and I've found it to be the toughest struggle of my life! The depression from low self esteem, others picking on you, your own family resenting you because of it. No one looks at a skinny person, and thinks they are ignorant, or a bad person. They only look at fat people and think that.
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25 / F / Wouldn't you like...
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Posted 4/25/10
It really depends on the person's metabolism. =]
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26 / M / HFIL
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Posted 4/25/10 , edited 4/25/10
Overweight, but as the person above me said it depends entirely on the individuals metabolism rate.
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28 / M / CA
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Posted 4/25/10
I've been both and I'd say they're about equal difficulty for different reasons.
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23 / F / Australia
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Posted 4/25/10
i'm slightly underweight for my height, i get comments occasionally from people saying i am "annorexic" etc..

but i think it would be MUCH harder to be overweight, it stops you from doing so much in life
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30 / M / Calgary, AB
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Posted 4/25/10
I hate how people make the weight issue so complicated. Your size is directly equivalent to your caloric intake which is then modified by your metabolic rate which is determined by your activity level, age (hormonal levels), and the types of foods you eat.

The simple fact is that if you're over 25, work an office job, and eat like a pig..... you are either pretty fat or will be fat fairly soon. If you're 14, don't do anything active at all and just watch anime and sit on your ass all day and eat 3 large meals a day, 2 of which are probably fast food, plus all your snacks in between.... that's how you get fat. If you're a sports freak and play basketball and football all day and never have enough time to eat then that's how you get grossly skinny and sick.

Myth debunk > eating fat doesn't make you fat, it actually does the opposite... fatty foods keep you feeling full for longer periods which cuts down on the calories you take in while you're awake. Calories is a measure of energy intake based on whats in a food so if it's a high carb food then it must also be a high calorie food as well meaning that you eat all this energy and your body doesn't have a use for it so it stores it as fat cells for future use. If you adjust your activity level or your diet to stop your body from storing excess calories as fat cells then no one has to be fat or pencil skinny.... it's a very simple process that is for some reason poorly understood.

If you're fat or skinny within the age range for puberty, it has a lot to do with hormonal levels.... high estrogen = fat, high testosterone = fat with a lot of muscle. Both males and females can have high estrogen levels and a high testosterone level in males can also lead to a high estrogen level through the process of aromatization in which case you would get the worst of both worlds and literally be obese with man boobs. There is not a lot you can do to change around your body composition using natural methods if you've got weight problems between 12 - 20 years old. Yes you can diet and do some HIIT or cardio but you will not get pencil thin because your body will not allow you to do that unless you take things like ECA stacks or beta2 antagonists (diet pills pretty much... things that force your metabolic rate to speed up).

As for which is easier, that's a matter of opinion. For a skinny person to gain weight, they need to put a lot of effort into eating which is not normal for them. The same is true for a large person losing weight... less food with a higher activity level. Both situations suck. I'm a recreational body builder, I've been in both situations and neither in my opinion is easier than the other. You need to eat so much on a bulk diet that you just feel sick all the time.... and when you want to cut down and not be a fat slob then you need to reverse your diet and you'll feel tired all the time and hungry... once you're used to eating big, it's very hard to change... the same is true going the other way.

"Looking good" and feeling good does not go hand in hand.
Posted 4/26/10
being overweight , i guess ..
since our society prefer those who are skinny
than those who are fat ...
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Posted 4/26/10
Society wise - I think its more difficult for people who are obese. But if people are only a little overweight then i think that its not that big of a deal. Especially since lots of people (here in the US) tend to be on the slighty overweight side. Right now whats accepted and thought of as beautiful is being thin, so in this case i think its harder to be obese. Although skinny people do get comments about how skinny they are, its just not that bad. I'm not underweight but i am skinny & my friends dont fail to comment about that every now and then. But its not like they mean anything by it. Its more like the "your so lucky to be skinny" type of feeling. They dont tease me about what i eat much because they know that i eat what i like without reserve.

Mentally - Its probably hard on both people if they are on either extreme.
Physically - Very dangerous for both extremes. They are both more suceptible and prone to all kinds of health risks.
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Posted 4/26/10
Hmm I think it really depends but both are dangerous. Plus I would even say Im a bit over weight... ^.^" my mom always complains to that i should start losing weight ._. but i heard losing weight is hard to do with people like me who have slow metabolism (or somethin lik that) ._.
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25 / M / in your face
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Posted 4/27/10
to be underweight...

you get shoved to the ground unintentionally..... fall all over the place, can't lift things other people can.... and get viewed as weak or special.....

not to mention that you can't even gain weight even if you wanted to! [or maybe that's just me]

I mean... I eat tons and I don't gain anything..... And I have to gain weight...
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25 / M / in your face
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Posted 4/27/10
to be underweight...

you get shoved to the ground unintentionally..... fall all over the place, can't lift things other people can.... and get viewed as weak or special.....

not to mention that you can't even gain weight even if you wanted to! [or maybe that's just me]

I mean... I eat tons and I don't gain anything..... And I have to gain weight...
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24 / M / Philippines
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Posted 4/27/10
Overweight people can own underweight people anytime.
Posted 4/29/10
that would be overweight coz if u r still overweight when u get older it will be harder for you to lose weight. everyday u hav 2 exercise, balance the food u eat, etc.
unless you hav a liposuction. but liposuction isn't that much effective
and for underweight it will be a lot easier coz all they have to do is eat a lot food lol
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