Why am I thin?

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Did you ever wonder why some people gain 2 pounds of eating one hamburger and others can eat 20 without gaining one pound? Why do we all have different body types? And why are some people naturally thin?

Physical therapist K.Ajith Jain explains that there are several factors that govern the weight or the physique of a person:

  1. Genetics/ Hereditary factors/familial factors.
    The main reason why some people are thin is because of predetermined genetics - something you can't change - and that's why the people in this group are called 'naturally thin.'
    If you want to know what you're going to look like when you're older, look at your parents and grandparents. If your family is mainly skinny, you will probably be skinny as well.

    Most of the peoples physique is genetically predetermined. In a persons family, if there are people who are obese or skinny, the child would most probably be like them

    says Jain. If you've been skinny all your life and a lot of your family members are thin too - it's probably in the genes. You can't really do anything about this - except being thankful that you don't have to worry about what you eat every day! Of course, being naturally thin does not mean you can be on a fastfood-diet for the rest of your life - click here for a short article about what to eat when you're naturally thin.

  2. Psychological Factors
    According to physical therapist Ajith Jain, your weight can also depend on psychological factors. How you feel and how stressed out you are can make you lose weight.

    Many people are skinny during their school years. This may be due to the stress of school, grades, and so on. Most of them put on weight once they complete their education and get into jobs.

    says Jain. If you've lost a lot of weight because of stress, try to take it a little easier on yourself. Try to talk to someone and try to do things that calm you down. If you're skinny because of psychological reasons, you will probably gain weight once you're not stressed out anymore.

  3. Nutrition
    If you don't eat, you lose weight - pretty simple. But nutrition is especially important when you're young, and it can even determine what your body will look like when you're older. Physical therapist Ajith Jain saysGood nutrition during the growing age is very important to supplement the body's growing demands. Getting good nutrition at that age would be extremely beneficial.
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14 Comments

  1. Posted February 28, 2008 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    you are naturally born to be a model..

  2. mist
    Posted May 30, 2008 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    True – genetics seems to play a quite big role here. Both my parents were very skinny at my age, and my mom hasn’t changed much at all. My relatives are all on the thin side, oh I’m Asian (chinese) by the way, and as alot of ppl say we’re more prone to a thinner build.

    Also I don’t know about my metabolism but i assume it’s fast? I rarely use the scales but I’m sure my weight (and most ppl’s weight) fluctuates once in a while – but I’ve never had a problem with fitting in my pants etc so even after some occasional extra indulgence (who doesnt?? :)) it seems like as if im able to lose it pretty quick the next days because I don’t really notice anything either

  3. Kevin
    Posted October 9, 2008 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    I understand all this, but what if the majority of your family is really overweight?

    • Marjorie
      Posted March 15, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

      my family’s overweight too but some of my cousins are skinny

  4. demi
    Posted April 2, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    I’m fifteen years old, 1.63 tall and i weight 53 kg.
    people are saying to me that i’m in a good shape and that i’m healthy.
    but i really don’t like my body, i think my legs are too thin. and above my chest there are two of those ugly protruding bones and other people don’t have that.
    i could cry about it, because i really think i’m too thin.
    I’d prefer to weight 60 kg then being so thin and weighing 53. but still i’m really trying to accept my body, but i just can’t do it :S and i tried to do something about it, eating very much but i just can’t do that and i’m not getting fatter. please, can somebody help me because i don’t know what to do anymore.

  5. Posted April 6, 2010 at 2:14 am | Permalink

    Dear Demi,
    Thanks for coming to this Web site, and for sharing your story with us. I hope you find this is a community where you can be yourself. You are beautiful the way you are, and there’s no need to feel like you constantly have to change yourself. Also, in a few days, we’ll launch our new Web site, with even more info and tips- and a forum to have discussions and make friends — so keep coming back.

  6. Posted September 25, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    It’s sad if someone has to ask why am i skinny but here is my blog: http://thinisgood.wordpress.com/

  7. sheila
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    i have a granuloma in my lungs because unfortunately and unexpectedly i got it from my father.but my doctor told me that it is just a scar. is it a sign of my thin body? can you help me how will i look healthier? some told me that i am sexy but for me, i am not. please please….thanks

  8. Posted September 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    i cry every day being skinny im the most thin on my team i wigh 67.00 pound i think im supposed to weigh 100 i can tell ppl how much i weigh or theyll say ooh anerexic,twig,i could knock u down with a touch,drink a milkshak,omg,wow thats sad.I CRY MY PARENTS DC :’( ! i hate life cant stand it cant wear bracelets rings nothin

    • Posted September 25, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

      Hi Lexie,
      So sorry to hear you cry every day about your body. I wish I could help you understand that your body is beautiful – the way it is. Yes, that includes your skinny wrists, wobbly knees and stick-thin elbows. You. You are beautiful.
      As soon as you allow yourself to accept your body, you will open the doors for more. One day, you’ll love the skin you’re in. And other people will have no choice but to love your body too!!
      You can definitely still wear jewelry. It’s hard to find, but trust me, there is good jewelry out there for us skinnies. In fact, I’ll write a blog post on it!
      Thanks for the inspiration Lexie!
      Take care.

    • Deez
      Posted May 11, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

      Lexie,

      Why so sad? To most people, being thin is a blessing and it’s beautiful. I have to watch very closely as to what I eat so I don’t become a heifer. If heavier girls make fun of you, it’s most likely because they’re jealous. Don’t waste your tears, be happy for your elegant build. Just think of all those cute clothes you can pull off wearing.^_^ I used to have an eating disorder and dropped from 155 to 90 lbs. when I was 14 (i’m 5’1). Now I’m happy being a healthy 110. Although, I always wish to be thinner. All that matters is that you’re healthy and enjoying yourself.

  9. Anonyms
    Posted October 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Hi! i am 22 years old male and i only weigh 46 kgs.
    Is it hereditary that i am not going to gain weight?My mom was skinny when she got married and also when i was born, but now she’s no more thin,her weight is above average for her height.
    I am really worried about this,Also i don’t eat much now,will i ever gain weight, i think i will gain weight after i get a job,because it’s same with some of my maternal relatives,they were also skinny at first, but once they got jobs, they are now overweight.
    Thanks.. desperately waiting for your reply.

    • Posted October 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

      Hi Anonymous,
      Yes, it’s very likely in your genes: being thin. I know that a lot of thin people do gain weight later in their twenties, but others just stay thin for the rest of their lives. Either way, try to accept yourself for who you are. You have a great, healthy body, be proud of it!
      Pelpina

  10. Ruth Behr
    Posted September 9, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    I hate being so skinny. I’m 16 and 85 lbs. A lot of people say that “ooh, thin is sexy” and “you’re lucky”. No I’m not. I can see my ribs. That’s SCARY, not sexy. I wish I could be anything but skinny, I even wish I was fat. I’m not anorexic, but I feel really close, and I hate it. Being skinny is a curse, not a gift.

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