Skinny!

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    Feb 12, 2008 9:43 PM GMT
    I just got called skinny in a message! Huzzah! I know skinny is gross, and not muscular and desirable, but still, skinny is not fat.
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    Feb 12, 2008 9:50 PM GMT
    you weigh 50 lbs more than me lol
  • treader

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    Feb 13, 2008 12:32 AM GMT

    I know how you feel. I really dislike that word. Last week at a gay ski event after snowboarding with some guys, one of the guys saw me later in the evening at a party in a sleeveless shirt. He responded 'Oh, I didn't know that you were so skinny.' You just have to have thicker skin in gay circles. Remember, you can't control other people but you can control your reaction.
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    Feb 13, 2008 12:41 AM GMT
    Who cares if you're skinny. It's not a curse. You should be happy with what you have since alot of people wish they could be that skinny and keep their masculine physique.
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    Feb 13, 2008 1:25 AM GMT
    Don't feel bad about being called skinny by an American - most of us are so fat now. Anyone who was considered normal weight 50 years ago would be called skinny now. Also Treader, your arms look great. Definition makes some haters jealous. That's why I think 'skinny' guys have so much more potential than heavier ones.
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    Feb 13, 2008 1:39 AM GMT
    I'd be more willing to accept skinny over fat. However, ideally I would not want to be either. Now I was real thin just a few months ago. That was when I was working out but still following a regular diet not knowing any better. I've since been doing a ton of reading here and other bodybuilding sites and learned a lot. Been incorporating a lot more protein in my diet and eating more in general. See theres also 'skinny' in terms of bordering on the lines of looking like a walking skeleton and theres 'lean' where at least your bones aren't showing and theres a decent amount of mass there. The first is bad, the second is good.
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    Feb 13, 2008 2:57 AM GMT
    Although, I didn't send you the message, just from looking at you at 6'1", and 147#, I'd say you were beyond skinny and bordering on anorexic. Certainly something that you should check into.

    I don't know whether, or not, "skinny" is politically-correct, but, folks shouldn't be sensitive about the word. It aptly describes you.

    If nothing is wrong, like some disease, or mental condition, statistically speaking, if you're 1/3 underweight you'll live a bit longer if you're in the sedentary population. Those numbers change with active people though.

    At least they didn't call you ugly.

    Many folks are beyond honest / brazen in the cyber environment. It's easy to delete an email and move on.
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    Feb 13, 2008 3:04 AM GMT
    I like skinny. Colm is adorably skinny.
  • stevarino7

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    Feb 13, 2008 3:20 AM GMT
    I don't know about you colm, but I know as a skinny kid I am definitely in no way possibly even remotely anorexic. So if you happen to have a hard time gaining weight (I have even taken tons of weight gainer on top of my eating during the day and had very little result), I find it hard to believe that just because someone knows his own body well and knows a good amount about nutrition can, without knowing your eating habits...at all....call you anything close to anorexic.

    If you want a good replacement, call yourself lean. For some reason people desire lean guys...I don't get it. But is is what I have experienced. haha.
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    Feb 13, 2008 4:15 AM GMT
    Generally, if you can't gain weight despite tons of calories, there's usually a medical condition underneath.
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    Feb 13, 2008 4:35 AM GMT
    I think it's useful to actually count the calories you eat rather than estimate. I remember when I was first trying to gain weight I thought I was taking in enough. But I was not. ;-)
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    Feb 13, 2008 6:13 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidGenerally, if you can't gain weight despite tons of calories, there's usually a medical condition underneath.



    Generalizations are worthless, Hopefully this information will help you understand your body and help you achieve whatever goals you desire. Because being thin does not mean you are sick.

    There are different somatotypes commonly used to classify the human body: endomorphs, mesomorphs, and ectomorph. Most people exhibit characteristics of more than one somatotype.

    Mesomorphs- considering genetically gifted, tend to have low body fat and impressive muscular development even prior to to training. Thick wide bone structures which are more conducive to building muscle.

    Endomorphs- Could be considered to be the least desirable, can exhibit impressive levels of size and strength through training, tend to have a difficult time shedding body fat and gain weight rather easily.

    Ectomorphs- typically a person who exhibits low levels of strength and size prior to training. Usually tall and thin, with relatively low levels of body fat and smaller narrow bones. This body type tends to excel in endurance sports, because the tend to have more slow twitch muscles. Accompanied by fast metabolisms, these factors tend to make it difficult to gain weight with conventional weight gain diets or "See Food Diets"

    There have also been studies showing a positive correlation between fast metabolism and increase food intake. Simply put, For these individuals eating more made their metabolism accelerate, burning any excess calories and preventing their bodies from storing it.


    In short avoid letting anyone criticize you because of who you are. If your desire to alter your physical appearance, do what makes you happy but do not do it because you do not want to be called skinny or any other negatively connotative word. I am not an expert nor do I claim to be one, I'm merely a nursing student and have taken some nutrition courses, feel free to do your own research and come to your own conclusions.
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    Feb 13, 2008 11:58 AM GMT
    I'm an ectomorph too.

    Hey colm, you weigh 9 pounds more than me. icon_confused.gif
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    Feb 17, 2008 1:08 AM GMT
    I'm not surprised if I weigh more than others. I used to be a big blobby pig. I think the skinny thing was intended as an insult, but I'm thrilled. Go not fat!
  • fryblock

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    Feb 17, 2008 1:22 AM GMT
    haha you weigh 20 pounds more than I. And I have never been anorexic, just always been thin. Once I start working out again, I hope to change that...where is that beginners workout program that RJ mentioned a while ago?
  • SkyMiles

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    Feb 17, 2008 1:25 AM GMT
    I think skinny CAN be a compliment, unless the person means, like, skeletal or something.

    I would refer to you as "slender" icon_biggrin.gif It's a nuance, I suppose, but I don't think anything has ever been wrong with being called that.

    Fat is always an insult. I messed up a couple of times calling people who were incredibly lean, in-shape and ripply 'fat', meaning it a a joke, (a guy who wrestles but walks around at 2 lbs over his weight class) but they took it deadly seriously. So, note to self, don't do that anymore!
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    Feb 17, 2008 2:01 AM GMT
    Generalizations are very valuable in that they serve as a starting point.

    Thanks for the little tips on somatypes.

    Generally, short folks aren't ecto, but, I suppose there could be an exception with the person above.

    A lot of times, overly thin, skinny, slender, or whatever your POLITICALLY CORRECT word is...have a degree of undiagnosed hyperthyroidism. It's a simple test.

    Many folks aren't smart enough to understand that many folks walk around with that undiagnosed hyperthyroidism, and that's why I always recommend that folks get it checked.

    Many folks who say they are not under eating, actually are. I can usually tell if I watch them eat a few meals, or get them to count calories in earnest.

    In any event, if you're 6'1", 147, you should expect to be called any of a number of descriptions that accurately describe your look, without pitching a fit.

    One other item: the more you eat, the more you fuel the furnace, which is fairly accurate. Everything hops up, if you have enough calories.

    I'd venture a guess that you under eat significantly, or you're hyper thyroid, or I suppose...you could have parasites, too (that'll do it, too.)
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    Feb 17, 2008 2:06 AM GMT
    I'm a definite ectomorph, but after years of lifting, most everyone tells me (without me asking!) that I look muscular and appear to weigh more than I actually do.

    Once in a great while, I get the word "skinny," which I loathe -- but I always notice the person saying it is invariably way overweight and clearly does not work out. So, yes, as opposed to them -- many of us are "skinny." I don't think they mean it as an insult, I think they just see people as either "skinny" or "fat."

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    Feb 17, 2008 2:08 AM GMT
    It looks like you might have a wide waist, narrow shoulders, and small wrists. Your self-assessment could well be correct.
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    Feb 17, 2008 2:11 AM GMT
    My self-assessment is correct, but your analysis isn't; fact is, I'm constantly told I've got really big shoulders and a really small waist, which is the exact opposite of your rather strange comment.

    Don't know if you're deliberately trying to be offensive, but I've taken a look at your pics, and I will suggest that any unflattering comments I might make of you would have the added virtue of being true.
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    Feb 17, 2008 2:16 AM GMT
    Mesomorph (hee, hee)

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    Feb 17, 2008 9:11 AM GMT
    Wide waist, narrow shoulders, and small wrists, are characteristic of ectomorphs, which you stated you are.
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    Jan 28, 2014 8:49 PM GMT
    I prefer a chubby guy rather than a skinny one.
  • corona21794

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    Jan 28, 2014 11:20 PM GMT
    Shit I love being skinny
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    Jan 28, 2014 11:26 PM GMT
    Me too. I would rather be skinny then fat.