Has the Hourglass Figure Run Out of Time?

Ladies, are we going from zaftig to zeppelin? According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the waist size of the average American woman grew almost two inches — from just over 36 to nearly 38 — from 1999 to 2012. Making the trend especially curious, the study authors noted, is the fact that abdominal obesity — which jumped from 46.4 percent of the population in 1999 to 54.2 percent in 2012 — keeps getting …

Is Your Bra Aging You? Here’s How to Tell

Stop trying to fit your 32F chest into your old 34B bras! At 50 your body has moved on, and so have your breasts. Even after an in-store professional bra fitter diagnosis, we’re skeptical. The truth is that mature breasts vary a lot in shape, fullness, proportions, position and spacing, even though thousands of women may wear the same bra size. Here’s how to choose: IF YOUR BRA AND BREASTS SAG: The band or cups may be too big. Lots …

Spare Us the ‘Organ Recital’

Ogden Nash said it best: How are you is a greeting not a question / Don’t tell your friends about your indigestion. Nash, in his wisdom, was trying to forestall an “organ recital,” a narration of bodily ills and woes that might start with an upset stomach and work its way downward, outward and even upward. It’s a phrase that used to be the province of impatient doctors, but now is entering the vernacular. The organ recital is one of …

Brain Fitness: Four Strategies to Keep Your Wits with Aging

However magnificent one’s earlier accomplishments, getting older can be a humbling experience. Loss of peripheral vision and depth judgment, lessened hearing acuity, decreased sensitivity of taste buds, stiffened arteries, declining bone density, a less efficient heart pump, reduced lung capacity, wrinkling of skin, reduced muscle strength and, for some, loss of hair are a few of the physical changes that are biologically predetermined. The aging process also brings social and emotional losses. As we age, parents and older relatives die, …

Are All Calories Created Equal?

For years, nutritionists told us that all calories are equal. A calorie is a measure, like an inch or a mile, and the measures are constant, even though the kind of food might vary. What we didn’t know until recently is that while the energy in food may be equal in calories, the impact on the human body varies. Calories are indeed equal, but some are utilized differently than others. Some calories are easily converted to fat and stored, while …