Is it ok to have bacon cheeseburgers if I am skinny?
August 12, 2012 4:55 AM Subscribe
I don't really exercise and my diet is poor. I never really worried about this because I have been naturally thin my whole life, but now that I am older (35 year old male) should I be concerned that my insides are turning to mush?
posted by solmyjuice to health & fitness (21 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
When I was a teenager, I was a skinny beanpole kid. I have slowly gained weight over the years and now I am 5' 11" and about 155 lbs. I am at that age where men and women alike are starting to really battle their weight and other health problems so many of my friends are now into diet and fitness.
I played lots of sports when I was a kid but now it is limited to a recreational basketball league once or twice a week. I don't eat McDonalds or Taco Bell but I do I eat out every meal. A typical lunch is a sub sandwich and some chips with water. For dinner I will eat at a restaurant and I almost always eat meat and drink wine or beer. Pasta with sausage, chinese food with pork and duck, etc. If I get a side salad it is going to have a bunch of cheese and dressing on it. If I get a vegetable it is going to have a lot of butter and garlic on it. I have no idea how many calories I eat per day or now many grams of fat or carbs or anything.
I went for a regular checkup a year ago and everything was fine, cholesterol, blood pressure and everything. I have no history of heart disease in my family either. Oddly enough, the story that really got me thinking about all this was the news about Frank Bruni, the NY Times food critic who was diagnosed with gout and now can't eat red meat and a bunch of other things. I would be devastated if something similar happened to me, I live in NYC and going out to eat and drink is pretty much my favorite thing to do. And hey, I don't want anything worse either, like a heart attack.
Obviously I could always be healthier, but am I on a path to destruction and just completely oblivious? What is the most dangerous thing that I am doing right now? Eating too much red meat? Not exercising?