Obesity, an Age Old Problem

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Between value meals and soda bans, a lot of media attention is given to children who are packing on the pounds, but this type of attention isn’t given to obese Americans of all ages. Obesity is especially an overlooked problem among older populations. While the young and old alike are coping with the growing concern of excess weight, older adults are often left to fend for themselves without much assistance.

It is hard to say why older Americans are not the topic of conversation when it comes to shedding pounds. The number of overweight Americans has grown steadily over the past 60 years, and the highest rates of obesity are found among Baby Boomers.

Do Appetites Grow Sweeter with Age?

While the old saying goes that everything gets better with age, this isn’t necessarily true for your health. Older adults are at risk for more and more health complications with every passing year, and being overweight amplifies these concerns.

Obesity increases your risk for diseases that age already subjects you to, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Arthritis
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Certain types of cancer
  • High blood pressure

Even for adults over the age of 70, losing weight can improve your health and increase longevity. It is just up to you to get started.

Time to Change

It is never too late to start being healthy. Whether you are on the brink of 30 or have just celebrated your 75th birthday, taking the time to develop healthier habits and lose weight can improve your health and enhance your quality of life as the year’s progress.

In fact, one recent study evaluated the dietary habits of over 700 women in their 70’s. The researchers found that despite the lifestyle the women participated in while they were younger, those who exercised regularly and ate a diet rich in whole foods like fruits and vegetables had an increased life expectancy.

The problem with habits is that the longer you have them the harder they are to break. That means for someone with say 65 years of experience eating horrible food and never exercising much, it will be difficult to embrace a nutritious diet and a workout strategy. Difficult is not impossible, however. You can become a healthier you at any age by following simple steps and working with Dr. Kerendian.

You don’t need to become a marathon runner to be healthier. Making small changes in your lifestyle can make a big difference, especially during your older years. Swimming, walking and laughing more are all great ways to start living a healthier lifestyle.

Give weight loss a try, and let us know in the comments below if you are feeling any younger!