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Old 01-29-2010, 12:02 PM
Location: The 12th State
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But being very overweight or being underweight shortened lives.

BBC News - Overweight elderly 'live longer'

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Old 01-29-2010, 12:42 PM
Location: Neither here nor there
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Hmmmmm......interesting. The part about being active and staying fit certainly makes good sense. People--and trees--just get thicker in the middle as they age. Maybe it's not such a big deal, after all, to be a 5-10% "overweight" in the latter years. I weigh close to what I weighed 40 years ago but I'm 3 inches shorter and my BMI is now calculated at the shorter height. Could that be the difference?
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Old 01-29-2010, 01:01 PM
Location: Greenwood Village, Colorado
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so as I age I will keep getting 2nd helpings of brownies and as I start to get pudgy and porky I'll just tell my husband that it's good cos I will live longer looking like this! For some reason I don't think he will be thrilled.
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Old 01-29-2010, 02:09 PM
Location: Texas
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See? This is a classic example of why I don't pay any attention to eating "healthy." The opinions keep changing.

Eggs..no eggs...eggs again. Whole milk...reduced fat milk...whole milk again. Cholesterol is bad! Oops, there's now "good cholesterol and bad cholesterol." 'Scuse us, we were wrong. You're too fat! Now you're too skinny! Sorry, it seems it's better now if you are fat. MORE VEGETABLES! Uh...except for these. No meat. No meat! Hmmm....seems that pork and chicken are OK, though. Oh..and now we recommend you eat some lean beef too.

It just goes on and on, one "healthy" suggestion after another. Not only could you run yourself ragged trying to keep up and do the "right" thing, you find that you've been denying yourself something you like all this time, only to find out it ain't that bad anyhow.

Screw it. I'm eating what I like and as much as I like.
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Old 01-29-2010, 02:14 PM
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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That has always made sense to me even before I read about it. When you get older and get sick older people are likely to lose weight. So...you are better off with a little extra to help you out.
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Old 01-29-2010, 02:20 PM
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I'm not surprised. Overweight people have a significant advantage in fighting cancer because their bodies can live off their weight during the harsh treatment.

It's just like dogs when they age. Their bodies don't absorb the nutrients from food and they eventually start losing muscle mass. Same thing happens to people.

Those who have some additional weight have a 'cushion' (no pun intended) that prevents them from becoming anorexic as their bodies lose muscle mass and have a more difficult time absorbing nutrients from food.
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Old 01-29-2010, 03:37 PM
Location: Back in MADISON Wi thank God!
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This is the kind of info that some will take as license to chow down! I did note an age in the article of 70 as the mark where the difference begins for the "elderly". What about all the recent studies of calorie restrictive diets shown to slow aging and increase life expectancy? Not sure how I'll feel at 70, but right now I prefer to eat healthfully and be a lean, mean 53 year old!
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Old 01-29-2010, 04:43 PM
Location: Planet Eaarth
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The key to a long life can be found in this one statement found in the story.......

"But the study of 9,200 over-70s also found that regardless of weight, sedentary lifestyles shortened lives, particularly for women."

In other word.......GET OFF THE COUCH AND MOVE!
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:59 PM
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Anybody over 40 should get a copy of Younger Next Year! and read it. And excercise.
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