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“Don’t weigh yourself every day” was the advice experts used to give for those of us trying to lose weight, but a growing number of studies find that people actually lose more weight – and keep it off – if they step on the scale daily. The thinking had been that checking your weight every day might be discouraging and possibly cause eating disorders if you saw that you weren’t making any immediate progress. Weight Watchers, for example, makes the …
It’s young women who are obsessed with their body appearance – not mature women over 50, right? Oh, who are we kidding. Even us wise older women fret about our bodies. My slim, petite friend Marianne, who’s 99, still watches her figure. In fact, a recent survey found that only 12 percent of women over 50 are satisfied with their bodies. Twelve percent! That’s pretty sad. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter So what’s so special about those 12 percent? …
Stories about eating disorders and older adults pop up periodically, and a new study is likely to stoke the conversation. It reveals the prevalence for women of anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating, thought to be the domain of the under 18 set. In a University of North Carolina online survey of 1,849 women age 50+, 13 percent reported eating disorders, with 79 percent saying their weight or shape negatively affected their self-image. Forty-one percent checked their body every day, while 36 …
While anorexia, bulimia and other disordered eating habits disproportionately vex the young, older women — and men — aren’t excluded. A new study found 13 percent of women over 50 currently exhibit at least one core eating disorder symptom. The most common was “purging” (throwing up food) without binge eating (7.8 percent), followed by binge eating (3.5 percent). Overall, nearly three-quarters of all the women said they were currently trying to lose weight.
Sociologists Wonder: Who Will Care For Single Seniors? A growing number of older men and women are “opting out” of marriage, the New York Times reports. Since the 1990s, the divorce rate for boomers has climbed more than 50 percent, even as it stabilized among other age groups. Meanwhile, less adults got married in the first place. The result is a surprising number of Americans in their 50s and 60s heading into old age sans spouse.