Have you ever noticed that you do not see many obese people in advanced old age?
As I grow older I have been noticing this more and more. And I have been pondering on why that is.
Could it be that Obese people do not live to a very old age?
Or could it be that as you get older your appetite dimishes, so you lose weight?
A lot of people put on weight in their middle age, and this is due to the metabolism slowing down. However, the increase in weight can also be put down to eating more. If you look at a table that works out how much your body slows down as you get older, the amount is not really that much. It could be the difference between one biscuit or slice of bread, and that is about it. So we can’t blame a slower metabolism in middle age. If the slower metabolism is to blame and makes you put on weight as you get older, how come the very Elderly are not Obese?
Can you see why I am intrigued with this one? You could go round and round thinking about all the theories and factors that could come into this, and get no further forth!
In observing my Mother in the last ten years however an interesting thing has happened.
Throughout her life she always watched what she ate. Always struggling with her weight and eating very little but not losing the weight she wanted to. Then when she got to over eighty, suddenly the weight started to fall off her. She had not changed anything except she had a temporary loss of appetite. She is now in her 93rd year and still enjoys her food, but still is in the habit of watching what she eats. Although her diet still consists of a good amount of carbohydrates, as it always has, she does not eat many sugary, fatty foods, or foods that could be classed as junk. But nevertheless she does enjoy the occasional cream tea and loves her daily portion of cake, and has sugar in her tea. But actually, she does not eat much less than she did before she was eighty but she is mainatining a healthy weight and has been the same now for a few years.
By the way they say that old habits die hard, because she still worries about eating too much!
I would love to hear any comments or thoughts about this as the whole question intrigues me.