Happy With Your Body? Only 12 Percent of Older Women Are

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? …

Tom Hanks Reveals He Has Diabetes. Did Fluctuating Weight Play a Role?

In a surprise announcement, Tom Hanks, 57, revealed on the Late Show with David Letterman that he has diabetes. While on the show to promote his new film Captain Phillips, he told Letterman that he learned at age 36 that he had high blood sugar. Recently his doctor told him: “You’ve graduated. You’ve got type 2 diabetes, young man.” Hanks said the doctor also told him that if he could return to his high school weight, he’d be “completely healthy” and …

Thin or Fiscally Fit: You Choose

Would you rather be thin or debt-free? I know, you want to be both. For those of us who are overweight and underwater, it’s a nice dilemma to mull over (beats the quandary of saving for retirement or paying for your kid’s college education). But it wasn’t a tough call for 72 percent of 2,021 Americans polled. They’d rather keep their current debt than the alternative: gain 25 pounds and owe nothing. Related: Be Debt-Free in a Year or Less Maybe …

Losing Weight: When Two Rights Still Make a Wrong

Denise, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has a common problem. She is doing everything she can to lead a healthy lifestyle, but the stubborn pounds refuse to leave her body. I’ve read your advice, and I have completely revamped my nutritional intake to high-quality proteins, whole grains, vegetables, fruits and fat-free dairy. I even started buying salmon to cook for myself a couple of times a week. On the exercise front, I am walking and using my pedometer, but the weight is …

Is How You Eat as Important as What You Eat?

In predicting future cardiovascular disease in preschoolers, is how children eat as important as what they eat? The surprising answer is yes. A Canadian study led by Dr. Nav Persaud, a family physician, found “a significant association between poor eating habits in kids ages three to five and their levels of non-HDL-or ‘bad’-cholesterol, putting them at risk for cardiovascular disease later in life.” The eating habits that place children at risk for heart disease in adulthood are – eating while …

Why Lost Pounds Return and Bring Friends

An acquaintance once said that she had lost over 200 pounds. Looking at her girth, I confess that I doubted the claim until she quickly added, “Of course, it’s the same 20 pounds 10 times.” Given the single-minded focus required to lose weight, why do so many of us (an estimated percent) regain the pounds we lost-and even add a few more? How maddening is that? Researchers are starting to explain this common experience, and their insights are both encouraging …