Middle Age and Weight Loss Go Hand in Hand
On her twelfth birthday, a friend of mine realized that she was middle aged and severely overweight.
OK, her birthday was the 29th of February, so while it was her twelfth birthday, she was actually 48 years of age.
And I say that middle age and weight loss go hand in hand because so many people reach this milestone in their lives seriously overweight or even obese.
If you find yourself in that situation, it's essential that you do something about it before it's too late.
Two somethings in fact.
Diet (that means what you eat, not some unnatural fad diet) and
Exercise. It doesn't have to be exhausting, just get started with something. The difference between doing nothing and doing something is infinite.
My 48 year old friend did exactly that. It took her 18 months and gave her a new lease on life. A new relationship too and she's a very happy girl.
The Figures Are Frightening
These figures are five years out of date, but the situation will not have improved.
The percentage of American adults considered overweight or obese was 70.2%
For adult men, it was 73.7% and for adult women, it was 66.9%
Now those figures include both overweight and obese. If we split those figures up, we find that 35% of men and 40.4% of women were considered not just overweight, but obese.
Let's really think about that.
More than 2 in 3 adults are overweight or obese.
Getting on to half of all adult American women are obese, with a massive 10% of them meeting the definition of extreme obesity.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is the tool most commonly used to estimate and screen for overweight and obesity in adults and children. BMI is defined as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. For most people, BMI is related to the amount of fat in their bodies. A high BMI is a potential health hazard. The following table indicates the BMI ranges used for classifications.
18.5 to 24.9
25.0 to 29.9
30.0 to 39.9
A Personal Experience
Some years ago, I was fulfilling an IT contract for a company in Sydney and was working on-site.
Now this isn't relevant to middle age and weight loss, because the young woman trying to get my attention from further down the corridor would not have been more than thirty.
As I got closer to her, I saw that she was so fat that she was puffing and panting from the effort required to stand up.
Her dress looked like a tent. I'm probably being politically incorrect in so many ways here but I reckon half a dozen kids could have played Cowboys and Indians in it.
She was a new employee and what she wanted to ask me was "Where's the smoking room?"
When I told her there was no such thing and that she'd have to go outside the building to smoke, the look on her face could only be described as dismay.
She was literally killing herself.
I wondered if she had a young family.
The Next Generation
Unfortunately, things aren't looking much better for the next generation.
While today's kids are a long way off worrying about middle age and weight loss, they've got enough to concern them right now.
Dependence on fast food, incredible over consumption of sodas, a sedentary lifestyle centred around television, tablet and cell phone and a risk averse philosophy that sees fewer kids bike riding, roller blading and skate boarding (never mind walking) has led to the first generation of children unlikely to have a longer lifespan than their parents.
This despite all the advances in medicine designed to prolong life.
It's estimated that some 21% of children 12-19 years old are obese (not just overweight) with around half of that suffering from extreme obesity.
Even in the 6-11 year old range, the figures are similar.
What to Do?
Set a good example. If you're of middle age or older and need weight loss, do it. Do a body and mind cleanse. It's a great feeling. Start an exercise program. Turn your body into a lean, mean, fat-burning machine with the Keto Diet.
And if you have any influence over the next generation, whether they be your children, nieces and nephews, school students or whatever, spread the message. Try and change their habits before it's too late.
See also The Cinderella Solution for Weight Loss
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