MIDDLE AGE SPREAD
ANCHOR LEAD: THE MIDDLE AGED YEARS ARE ESPECIALLY TROUBLESEOME FOR WEIGHT GAIN, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Small weight increases in the ten to twenty pound range may increase your risk of dying by quite a lot, two recent European studies conclude, with risk increasing as weight does. One study also established that most people gain that weight in the thirty to fifty year age group. Lawrence Cheskin, director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, says it’s easy to understand why.
CHESKIN: It varies from person to person but those are times typically where we become less able to spend the time that you need to watch what you eat and be physically active and there are lots of pressures. We live in a pressured culture where there’s not much time to sit down and eat healthfully, so I think that is a very common place for people to gain weight in the middle years. :19
Concomitant with being time compressed, our caloric needs also typically decline as we age, so the dangers of overeating are quickly translated into extra pounds. Cheskin says that both individually and societally, we need to think of ways to eat better and move around more. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.