Older, Wiser, Wider?
Call it what you will: the battle of the bulge, middle-age spread, the waistline war.
Somewhere in that busy time between 30 and 40, the forces of nature—children, work,
time—gang up on you. One day you notice last season's clothes are a little uncomfortable
this time around. All this comes at a time when age is less acceptable as an excuse
for gaining weight. Just look at the current U.S. Dietary Guidelines, which make no
allowance for getting heavier through the years. Getting older doesn't have to mean
getting wider, the experts say. The first step in the fight against flab is knowing
your opponent. Take the following quiz to find out how well armed you are.
1. Middle-age spread is an increasing accumulation of:
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The increase in fat puts you at higher risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart
disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. A healthy weight is possible with regular
physical activity that includes aerobic (“cardio”) activities, such as brisk walking,
golfing, yard work, bicycling, and swimming, and muscle-strengthening exercises, balanced
with a healthy diet. And you can do more than just manage your weight. According to
federal guidelines, getting at least 2-1/2 hours a week of moderate-intensity activity
like brisk walking can lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high
blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and colon and breast cancers.
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