Why Being Thin Doesn’t Automatically Make You Healthy

African American thin woman measuring waist

Some are under the assumption that being thin means being healthy. People who haven’t a clue of what an artery looks like are quick to tell an overweight person they have clogged arteries and are at higher risk for heart disease. While this may be true in some cases, a person’s weight isn’t the only indicator of their health status.

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“I often come across those who are thin and they have internal digestive imbalances, insomnia, anxiety/depression, and other conditions,” said Dr. De’Nicea Hilton, DOM, of Hilton Holistic Health.

Dr. Hilton, a doctor of oriental medicine, says when it comes to assessing someone’s health, the real signs are in the mouth, ear, and tongue.

“Personally, seeing selfies of tongues sticking out are fascinating [to me] as the organs are represented on the tongue,” said Dr. Hilton.

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Many practitioners evaluate the mouth, ear, and tongue to determine which organ (and its channel imbalances) may be causing certain symptoms:

  • A dark spot in the area between the eyes, along the bridge of the nose, could be a blood sugar imbalance
  • Lines along the sides of the mouth could mean constipation issues
  • A line in the ear lobe or crease in the tip of the nose could be potential concern for heart disease
  • Whiteness in cheekbone area may be a sign of respiratory issues