Many of us boomer women are aware that carrying around excess weight puts us at increased risk for diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases, joint damage and falls. And these risks may be enough motivation for us to manage our weight through healthy eating and exercising.
My Brain Told Me I Was Skinny When I Was Fat! And When I Lost Weight, It Told Me I Was Fat. Go figure!!
Some of the questions I get asked a lot since I lost weight are:
There are two important things you need to know about weight in America today. First, the National Institutes of Health reports that two out of every three adults is either overweight or obese. Second, multiple reports indicate that more than half of Americans want to lose weight and almost 90 percent of teenage girls feel pressured to be skinny. Combine these two, and you have a perfect storm of overweight people desperate to drop pounds (often for the wrong reasons) and willing to try almost anything to achieve often unrealistic weight goals.
With aging comes various challenges to our health, like weight gain during midlife (age 40 - 60).
If you’ve ever felt like no amount of dieting and exercise works on your bottom half, read on. There’s a relatively common fat disorder called lipedema, often mistaken for simple obesity. It is estimated to affect 10 million to 17 million Americans, with signature characteristics of a slim upper body with large hips and legs.
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