'Skinny' Type 2 Diabetics

(MONW – metabolically obese, normal weight)

Type 2 diabetes comes from insulin resistance, which causes high blood sugar. Around 80% of people with Type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. But no matter how thin a person is, they can still get Type 2 diabetes. It’s because they are ‘skinny fat’.

Terms ‘Dad bod’ or ‘Mum bod’ or ‘skinny fat’ describe thin people with small amounts of visible fat. If it’s around the belly area, it is probably visceral fat. Visceral fat grows around your vital organs instead of just under the skin, so you can’t touch or feel it but it can pose serious health risks.


If you have visceral fat you may not ‘look’ as fat as an overweight person but you have exactly the same ‘fat percentage’ in your body.

For example: your BMI may be between 25 and 35 yet your body fat percentage may be higher than a person whose BMI is over 35. You can check your BMI here on this web site or your Doctor may have calculated it.

So this is why not everyone looks alike at the same body fat percentage.

So how can you tell if you are ‘skinny fat’? An easy at home assessment tool is the U.S Navy Body Fat Calculator. You can try for yourself on this web site!
Body fat percentages differ depending on if you’re a man or a woman, your genes, your age, your build, your muscle definition and your hormone levels.

Dexa scans are whole body composition x-rays that determine body fat and muscle mass.

There are many methods to assess a person’s health and the best is to see your Doctor.

The medical term for skinny fat is MONW – metabolically obese, normal weight’. These people are at risk for metabolic syndrome or Type 2 Diabetes. Other risks include an unhealthy diet high in sugar and fatty food & drink, stress, a close family member with the disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol & triglycerides; a PCOS sufferer or they may have had diabetes in pregnancy.
Evidence is also pointing to Type 2 diabetes being a disease of the foregut.

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