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Cecil Scaglione, Editor

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Apropos Of Nothing . . .

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. . .do you think

if cannibals ate a clown,

it would taste funny?

Getting Fatter Not Inevitable With Aging

Contrary to popular wisdom, getting fatter is not inevitable for those over 50.

The weight most of us put on after 50 results more from overeating and under-exercising than
from any ‘natural’ aging process, according to a report out o Vanderbilt University.

However, nutritional needs and metabolism do change after 50.

For instance, coping well with stress is an effective way to combat “apple” fat, which is the type
of excess weight most tend to gain after 50. Apple fat is the kind deep in the upper torso and
around the waist that leaves you round like an apple. This type of fat distribution has been linked
to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and, in women, to breast cancer.

Developing a repertoire of nonfattening stress-relievers, such as doing crossword puzzles or phoning an old friend or praying and meditating or getting a weekly massage, is recommended to prevent
stress from redistributing even more fat to your middle.

Written by Cecil Scaglione

November 17, 2022 at 2:00 am

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How Do Knowitalls . . .

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. . .know when

they know it all?

Obesity Weighs Heavily on Elderly

When people think of poor health in the older-adult population, images of frail and underweight individuals often come to mind. But nutritionists and health professionals on both sides of the Atlantic have noted an overlooked “obesity epidemic” affecting more than 30 percent of adults over 60 years of age.

The issue of a few extra pounds pale by comparison for many people when they consider such other old-age issues as dementia, chronic disease, lifestyle limitations, and money woes. Physicians may avoid talking about obesity with their older patients because they think it may be too late to encourage a change in health behavior, experts say.

Here are some facts.

— One in four people older than 50 is considered obese.

— Slightly more than half of adults 50 and older reported being asked during routine medical check-ups about physical activity or exercise. The likelihood of being asked about exercise during a routine check-up declined with age.

— Only one-third of adults 65 and older get the daily recommended level of exercise.

Written by Cecil Scaglione

October 24, 2022 at 2:00 am

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