It’s open enrollment time at work, so you make an appointment to get a physical and a blood test. You think you’ve got this in the bag. You live healthy right? You exercise daily and eat (what you think is) a healthy diet. You have cold cereal for breakfast every morning, only fruit and vegetables at lunch, a sensible dinner and dessert. Always dessert.
You feel great, you think you look pretty good, but then the blood test results come back. Your blood glucose reading shows diabetes symptoms. You're TOFI: “Thin on the outside, fat on the inside.”
Professor Jimmy Bell, a British researcher, coined the phrase TOFI. It’s now being called a fast-growing health concern in the United States. Basically, from the outside, everything seems normal and “healthy.” But your healthy appearance is only skin-deep because the inside of your body is telling a different story.
So, let’s look at why TOFI is a word you need to know.