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Post Reply What do you consider unhealthiest? being obese, or being extremely underweight?
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Posted 12/13/15 , edited 12/13/15
You're either burdening your body or not sustaining it properly. This is apples to oranges basically, but if I had to pick I'd say underweight probably causes more problems which also seems to be the common opinion on this thread.


it's mentally unhealthiest to be a fat disgusting slob
And people who are extremely underweight are picked on and fucked with just as much as anyone who is extremely obese.
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I think being obese has more long term risks like diabetes or cardiac problems.

Being underweight has short term risks.
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I know extremely obese people who lived for years like that and have had a chance to get back in shape and recover their health but most anorexic people don't live more than a few years and sometimes they can't recover/go back to normal even if they want to.

So, being extremely underweight is the unhealthiest one because you die faster and most of the time you don't have a chance to recover.
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I agree with what has been said, both are dangerous and unhealthy. That being said it is easier to gain weight than lose it. If you are too fat to move, losing weight will almost surely require surgery and months/years of sustained effort.

Another thought, most people will be hospitalized and forced to undergo treatment before they can starve themselves to death. It would likely be considered a mental illness and you would be a danger to yourself. It's far less common for obese people to be forced into treatment.
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40YearOldVirgin wrote:

I think being obese has more long term risks like diabetes or cardiac problems.

Being underweight has short term risks.


Eating disorders put a lot of stress on the heart, and even after someone recovers, there's still a chance they've taken several years off their life. I hate to use Karen Carpenter as an example because she's become the poster-girl for anorexia nervosa, but her COD was heart failure caused by her illness, not outright starvation.

Bulimia also causes hair loss, rotting teeth, and long-term esophagus issues due to constant vomiting.



kinga750 wrote:

Another thought, most people will be hospitalized and forced to undergo treatment before they can starve themselves to death. It would likely be considered a mental illness and you would be a danger to yourself. It's far less common for obese people to be forced into treatment.


Ehhhh, forced treatment isn't as normal or common sense as you think it should be. It's hard to get standard therapy-based help for eating disorder illnesses because insurance doesn't usually cover it, so getting into an inpatient program is even more rough.

As for OP's question, both are unhealthy. But having dealt with eating disorders myself, I believe people who are obese have a larger chance of living a normal life with some adjustments. Obesity is by and large a physical issue, while eating disorders are a mental one.

This thread pisses me off - not because of the opinions of others, but because it illustrates how ED education is still not as widespread as it should be.


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I'd much rather die of starvation than diabetes, if that answers the question.
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We all die in the end so who cares. On a serious note Being super skinny is probably a tad worse.
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