Want to be stick thin? Following Kareena Kapoor in her malnourished, skinny avatar?? Well.. then, be ready to let go of fertility and embrace all kinds of infertility problems, says a recent report.

What is size zero?

Size zero is woman’s clothing size as per the US system, equivalent to a UK size 4.

Size zero women have a waist of 22-23 inches, a 32-inch bust, and 33-34 inch hips – the average girth of an 8-year old girl.

Their Body Mass Index is less than 18 kg/m2.

The dangers

In their quest for model looks, women are increasingly fiddling with their fertility.

This is what the nutritionist and fertility experts have to say:

Women need more fat in their body than men, if they want to have a normal pregnancy and give birth. When you are on a low-carb diet, your body loses out on the energy-producing Vitamin B. Vitamins and Minerals are essential for a healthy existence and to conceive. Body fat is needed for hormone productuion, functioning of the thyroid glands and for a smooth digestive system. A balanced diet is the key to maintaining fertility. – Naini Setalvad

When the BMI falls below 18, the body switches to a mode known as Hypogonadotropic hypogonadism. This takes place when the hypothalamus in your brain sends specific signals (FSH and LH) to the ovaries via the blood stream, which in turn supress ovulation. When the ovulation is suppressed by the ovaries, the woman fails to release an egg every month, reducing chances of pregnancy – Dr. Shivani Sachdeva, Fertility expert

Anorexic women have less cholesterol in their body – the building block for hormonal production. – Dr. Duru Shah, Fertility expert

Well… the choice is clearly yours!