Find Humor in Weight Loss Struggle

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  • This email recently arrived in my inbox:


    I finally figured out why I am overweight!
    I should have figured it out sooner.
    It's the shampoo I use in the shower.
    When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body.
    Printed very clearly on the shampoo label, "For extra volume and body."

    I have now gotten rid of the shampoo and I am going to start using a brand of regular dish soap.
    Its label reads, "Dissolves fat that is otherwise difficult to remove."
    Problem solved!  


    I share this because so many people who struggle with weight find all sorts of excuses or explanations to explain their excess weight and their difficulties in losing weight and sustaining the weight loss.  Certainly excess weight or obesity is a multi-dimensional disease caused by a variety of genetic, behavioral and societal issues.  Unfortunately, regardless of the causes, not losing excess weight can lead to additional health and quality of life concerns.  A recent study suggests that the elderly may have unique troubles when it comes to excess weight.

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    In fact, older adults who are extremely overweight or obese are more likely to suffer with day-to-day quality of life issues like difficulty bathing, getting dressed, and even going to the bathroom, which involves getting up and down off a seat.  The more excess weight the person carries, the more likely the elderly person is to struggle and even develop new disabilities.  The study actually found that 22% - 32% of the individuals who were overweight, complained of struggling with at least one day-to-day task.  It should be noted that seniors need to be careful when being counseled to lose weight.  Though excess weight may contribute to health issues, rapid weight loss, dieting and loss of too much weight can also result in health issues.  You don't want to drastically lose weight at the expense of adequate nutrition, nor do you want to develop osteopenia or osteoporosis because you've cut out dairy sources, for example.  So it's important to consult with a dietician or nutritionist so that your diet contains adequate nutrients while you make an effort to lose weight.  Exercise is a huge component that needs to be included in any senior lifestyle program so that range of motion, ability to perform daily activities, balance and bone density are all maintained.


    So go ahead and change your shampoo if you feel that it will help your body long as you create a healthy eating and exercise program that will help you lose some of that senior excess weight.

Published On: October 03, 2011