If your mental image of an older person is someone frail and thin, it may be time for an update. For the generation currently moving through middle age and beyond, a new concern is, well, growing: obesity. “We’re already seeing a large number of obese elderly, and if we don’t do something, that figure is sure to rise,” laments David Kessler, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and author of The End of Overeating. Government figures show that Americans in their 60s today are about 10 pounds heavier than their counterparts of just a decade ago. And an even more worrisome bulge is coming: A typical woman in her 40s now weighs 168 pounds, versus 143 pounds in the 1960s. “People used to start midlife [at a lower weight] and then lose weight when they got into their 50s, but that doesn’t happen as much anymore,” Kessler says. …

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Source: USNews.com, Meryl Davids Landau

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