There’s an old saying “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” Unfortunately, I think to some extent, we all do. At least I used to. But this week painted an extreme picture for me that reminded me why it’s really dangerous to do that.
I am referring in particularly to a term I learned while on The Biggest Loser. That term was “a skinny fat person.” You know the type. We’ve all seen them. They are the people who appear to be able to eat anything they want and not exercise or give much concern or thought to what they do to their bodies. These people remain thin and appear to be lean and fit. They are people I really don’t like. (Just teasing.)
We have a good family friend who fits the bill. He’s tall and lanky and lean. Never had a weight problem a day in his life. His father could be described the exact same way, only thirty years older. By all outward appearances both seem to be completely thin and healthy.
Well, I am here to say that thin—does not necessarily equal healthy.
This week our friend’s father had a heart attack and required quadruple bypass surgery! And you would have never known it looking at him. He was a skinny fat person. Thankfully he is recovering well. But it really was a wake up call to all of us who know and love his family.
We live in a society that is consumed with outward appearances. But we really need to be concerned with what’s going on inside too. Exercise is essential in protecting the bodies that God gave us. And eating healthy foods is critical to preserving and restoring our bodies. Let’s face it, our bodies were made to be fed things that “come from the ground”—not over-processed junk food filled with fat and empty calories.
May this story be a reminder to you, as it was to me…good health comes from the inside out. Never compare yourself to someone else and envy them just because they appear to have the outer physical attributes you desire. After all, they may actually be a skinny fat person.