Can You Really Have Big Bones? This Chart Will Tell You If Your Body Frame Is Especially Large
We've all heard people refer to themselves or others as "big boned," usually as an explanation for carrying a little extra weight. Like most cliches, it's easy to assume this doesn't exactly have a solid scientific basis, but it turns out you actually can have big bones. The catch is, the size of your skeleton isn't actually related to your weight.According to a Huffington Post interview with Claudette Lajam, M.D., "big bones" doesn't actually have a medical term, because it's not abnormal. When you think about it, this is actually pretty common sense: differently sized people have differently sized skeletons. There goes science, being all logical again. If you're really tall, it could add a few extra pounds, but beyond that, your weight is mostly made up of your soft tissue (organs, fat, etc. — all the fun squishy stuff). Around 15 percent of the population is large-boned, and as you can probably guess if you've taken a statistics class, another 15 percent of people are small-boned. That leaves 70 percent of people solidly in the middle, so chances are pretty high that your skeleton is normal. Even if it turns out you're a weirdo like me, having a larger or smaller skeleton shouldn't affect anything beyond your height and body shape. You can close that Web MD tab now.
However, there is an important exception: people with small, thin body frames are more likely to get osteoporosis, the disease that involves losing bone mass as you age. If you're a woman, you're already at a higher risk for the disease as well, so make sure you're getting extra vitamin D and drinking a bunch of milk (or calcium-supplemented milk substitute of your choice). If you're really worried you could exercise more like the Mayo Clinic suggests, but in that case you're a much stronger person than me. As always, pun absolutely intended.If you're interested/worried/straight up bored at work, the National Library of Medicine has a handy chart to help you figure out your skeleton size. Have fun!
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