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October 04, 2005

Just You Weight

From today's New York Timesnew results from a long-term health study suggest that 9 out of 10 men, and 7 out of 10 women, will become overweight or obese at some point in their lives.  In fact, even if you've never had a weight problem as an adult, you could still at risk -- half of men who made it well into adulthood maintaining a body mass index in the normal range ultimately became overweight.

But weight, there's more!  According to one expert:

"What's particularly concerning is that these results actually may underestimate the risk of becoming overweight or obese among the general population" because minorities, who are at increased risk for obesity, were not included in the study.  [Emphasis added.]

That's it, I'm joining a gym...

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Perhaps this would, then, reinforce the idea that good health is a *lifelong* lifestyle choice.

"You cannot become complacent, because you are at risk of becoming overweight," said Dr. Ramachandran Vasan.

So, maybe this means choosing daily exercise that's the most fun for you at your present age, and rewarding yourself with good healthy food that will give you the energy to exercise the next day, and the next, and the next...

And, in keeping with this blog's interest in "happiness economics," a good social life would also add to lifelong good health!

Posted by: Michelle Parker | Oct 4, 2005 10:35:59 PM