‘Fat Shaming’ Just Makes Older Adults Get Fatter

Well, we could have told them this: Humiliating older adults about their weight problem doesn’t make them slim down. A new study finds, in fact, that it may do just the opposite. People who felt belittled because of their weight were 2 1/2 to 3 times more likely to either gain weight or remain obese, according to the study published last week in the journal PLOS One. “Weight discrimination, in addition to being hurtful and demeaning, has real consequences for …

The Takeaway: Heat Wave; Fattest Generation?

Heat wave continues. As temperatures continue to soar, 20 states are under heat advisories, according to the National Weather Service. Despite the warnings, many people still don’t recognize the signs of heat-related illness. And the older we get, the less tolerant we become of the heat. Which is dangerous: “Many older Americans don’t heed heat-advisory warnings as carefully as they should, because they don’t consider themselves old.”