Remember when we could exercise a little more than normal, or go on a diet for a few days and lose a couple or more pounds? I always seemed to fluctuate around my maximum allowed weight limit for flying when I was in the military. I might be a few pounds heavier or lighter.
When it came time for my annual flight physical, I could wait until the last week before the physical date and cut back on food or exercise a little more to pass my exam. I stopped flying around age 40. I still had an annual physical, and I passed each one of them, but I did not have to worry about being grounded and not able to fly.
Around age 50, I went on an Atkins diet and dropped nearly twenty pounds less than my maximum flight standard and had no problem maintaining it for years. I retired from the military after 31+ years weighing not much more than when I joined the military back in 1968.
Since my retirement, I have fluctuated more above my old flight maximum than under it. Today I am at my old flying maximum weight and have been working hard during this pandemic not to gain anymore.
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/ability-to-lose-weight-is-not-affected-by-age A study was done in recent years shows that losing weight over the age of 60 is the same as losing weight much younger in life. The Human Metabolism Research Unit at the Warwick Medical School in the United Kingdom noted that there are over 50 comorbidities associated with being over the age of 60.
Diabetes, osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, depression, and more are common in the elder community. Obesity is not reserved for the older generation. It is being seen even in children today. Obesity complicates many health issues. It is certainly prevalent in complications related to COVID-19.
Weight Loss Study
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cen.14354 The study (2005-2016) worked with 242 morbidly obese people – 167 people under the age of 60 and 75 over that age. The youngest was 18 and the oldest was 78 years of age.
The BMI (body mass index) of the younger group averaged 49.7. Morbidly obese is defined as over 40 on the BMI scale. The older group’s average BMI was 46.9. The younger group lost weight with an average of 6.9% while the older group lost 7.3%.
The University regularly measured the participants and discussed diet and lifestyle options. Each person had a unique weight management program to follow. Psychological support was provided as needed. The results showed statistically no difference. Being older or younger yielded about the same weight loss.
Weight and Health
https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/effects/index.html I believe we would all prefer to be at a healthy weight. For some of us, it may be just a few pounds under an ideal weight for our height. Or it might be a few more pounds. Looking good with a perfect figure and no excess fat does not guarantee the body is healthy.
Being continuously overweight is a problem for health and increases the risk of all causes of death, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, and many more issues that deprive people of a good quality of life.
Weight is gained gradually and many of us want the weight to come off quickly. It does not work that way. One of the measurements done for my flight physical was the measurement of my neck. A half-inch difference in neck measurement made a big difference in evaluating being considered fat. When I lost ten pounds my neck size was the first to show the weight loss.
What worked way back then does not work as we age when many functions in our bodies begin to lose full effectiveness. That is part of aging. However, weight management can be controlled with lifestyle factors. When that extra ten, twenty, thirty, or more pounds are seen on the bathroom scale, the lifestyle changes seem to take an eternity to come to fruition.
Those on medicines (antipsychotics, beta-blockers, antidepressants, more) find it impossible to lose weight because the drugs prevent weight loss, or make it seem impossible to lose weight.
The study showed that weight loss is independent of age. Yes, if you are taking over a dozen drugs at the age of 75 and you are fifty pounds overweight with no exercise program, the challenge is solidly impossible.
Our comfort zones that are developed in our lives with our lifestyle choices lead us down a primrose path. We begin to believe that weight loss is impossible and after a while, we give up.
Doing it on your own probably is impossible; however, this study had people reporting regularly to be monitored and encouraged. Accountability is key to accomplishing many tasks in life, especially those we do not like to do. This is one reason why many weight management programs hold people accountable regularly with weigh-ins and measurements.
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