Too Fat is no way to age!

by DavalosMcCormack on November 28, 2007

Well duh! Guess what the Journal of the American Medical Association found out? If you are overweight and aging you are more likely to have a diminished quality of life! Why? Because your knees are likely to hurt and not work as well. Why? Because obese people over the age of 60 are twice as likely to have some form of physical disability as normal weight seniors.

The good news from the JAMA study is that people who are somewhat overweight live longer than skinny people. Good yah? But the bad news is that a longer part of that life is spent confined to limited activity because they can’t get around!

The study looked at people with a body mass index (B.M.I.) of 30 or higher. These are the folks we call, obese people. “But, I’m not Obese!” you say? “But, I’m not that old!” you say? Well, then there’s still time to do something about it.

Most people gain a few pounds a year. So if you are heading in that direction – a few pounds + 10 or 20 years + no exercise = Lower quality of life? Poop! Why? Because the extra weight can cause havoc with the knee joints and the hips making it harder for chubby people to get up, get down, or get funky! Really!

In the study, a person with physical limitations is defined as one who has trouble with four out of six tasks – and here they are! Can you walk a quarter of a mile; can you walk up 10 stairs without having to stop for breath; can you stoop, crouch,or kneel (like playing hide and seek with the kids); how about lifting or carrying 10 pounds, (like picking up your month old grandchild); can you walk from room to room on the same floor; can you stand up from an armless chair without assistance; or leap from tall buildings at a single bound? (just kidding)

Cause babe, even if you can’t do those things now… it’s still not too late. All you have to do is walk, skip, jump and exercise your way to a better life! Your grandchildren will thank you for it. And so will your knees.

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