My Doctor Told Me I'm Overweight
My annual physical is normally short and to the point. Height, weight, blood pressure, throat check, a small conversation about safe sex, double checking that my pap smear is scheduled, double checking that my therapy is going well, and my doctor peels off her white gloves that she didn't even use. I'm normally in and out of the doctor's office in under 30 minutes. But this year, my doctor furrowed her brow and said, "It looks like you're overweight." I haven't gained weight in at least 5 years, so I laughed and kicked my shoes like a small child on a park bench watching a balloon artist. Normally, my chart would show that I have a history of an eating disorder, along with the treatment my hospital provided. Because I stopped seeking treatment awhile ago, I figured that bit of pertinent information had disappeared from my chart. I also figured that it doesn't really matter. At some point, that piece of information should disappear from my health chart if I've successfully moved past it.
Nearly 40% of American adults are overweight
A study done at Georgetown University found that nearly 40% of Americans aged 51 and older are overweight. Adult obesity is a big concern for the USA. When people become older, it gets more difficult to lose weight, since people become less active than they were when they were young. When people live a sedentary lifestyle, it is a lot easier to gain weight than to lose it. Here are a few ways to lose weight as you become older.