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(Fox News)   Obese men in their 20s have decreased chances of making it to middle age. Which means if you are obese in your 20s, you are pretty much in middle age   (foxnews.com) divider line 18
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2013-05-02 08:46:06 AM  
Oof, there's not a picture I needed to see this morning.
 
2013-05-02 09:40:29 AM  
[News Flash]: Being fat reduces your expected lifespan in some cases.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-05-02 10:01:18 AM  
I'm pleased that being in bad shape in your 20s causes permanent damage. I was in bad shape in my 20s. Now I can ignore health advice. It's too late to save me.

But of course it's like Bugs Bunny's line in the sand. You could be a 500 year old certified immortal and they'd still come up with a reason to say forget all that stuff we told you last year and you ignored here is the real secret to eternal life...
 
2013-05-02 10:04:29 AM  
The 22 year old individuals they studied are now 55.  I bet this applies more today than ever.  33 years ago there was not near as much bad shiat to eat and way less 20-sometimes were overweight.  I went to an interview about a year ago and the majority of the 23 person company was mid-20s to early 30s.  I think there were like 2 guys who *appeared* to be in shape...and that's only because they didn't have a gut.  And their break-room was stockpiled with heaping mounds of company provided junk food.

If you're in your 20s, your body can take a lot of abuse.  Get in a good workout routine and enjoy being in good shape before you hit your 40s where post activity recovery time sucks.
 
2013-05-02 10:25:06 AM  
so bronies?
 
2013-05-02 10:30:01 AM  
But increased chances of being forever alone, smelling like sweat and urine.
 
2013-05-02 10:41:58 AM  
What if you were in good shape for half your 20s, bad shape for the second half, and then repeated the same in your 30s?

/my body, the rollercoaster
 
2013-05-02 10:47:37 AM  
Fark you, subby.  Round is a shape.
 
2013-05-02 10:47:57 AM  

ZAZ: I'm pleased that being in bad shape in your 20s causes permanent damage. I was in bad shape in my 20s. Now I can ignore health advice. It's too late to save me.

But of course it's like Bugs Bunny's line in the sand. You could be a 500 year old certified immortal and they'd still come up with a reason to say forget all that stuff we told you last year and you ignored here is the real secret to eternal life...


I don't draw that conclusion.  TFA implies they were *also* obese when they were in their 50s.  The only thing you can conclude is that people that are obese when they're young tend to be obese when they're old.  It's a behavioral conclusion, not a health conclusion.  The important question: if the obese 50-year-olds alter their diet, will it reduce their metabolic syndrome and increase their life expectancy?
 
2013-05-02 10:49:31 AM  

UberDave: If you're in your 20s, your body can take a lot of abuse.  Get in a good workout routine and enjoy being in good shape before you hit your 40s where post activity recovery time sucks.


this.  My older brother was eat, drank, smoked, and fark'd through his twenties and thirties and just had his third heart attack.  His one was by age 40.  Chances are he won't make it to see his first kid finish college.

/I sailed through 40 by biking across Iowa
 
2013-05-02 10:58:26 AM  
Life is like a box of chocolates.

It simply doesn't last as long for a fat person.
 
2013-05-02 11:04:03 AM  
I'm in my late twenties now and have started getting my ass in shape. Last year at this time I was about 235lbs (6'2" so I didn't look obese, but didn't feel great), Now I'm down at about 215lbs and have put on close to twenty pounds of muscle at the same time. I now weigh what I did in Jr. High, but look slimmer. Feels good. The big motivator for me was ending a nearly seven-year (unhealthy) relationship.

It's a lot more fun being single and in-shape than single and fat. I'm still looking to drop a few more pounds of fat, but not trying to push it.

/No diet or gym
//stopped with the late-night meals
///free and effective pushups and situps at home FTW
 
2013-05-02 11:08:55 AM  

UberDave: And their break-room was stockpiled with heaping mounds of company provided junk food.


We have a "wellness committee" at my office that meets over pizza and soda. We also only have two floors and people take the elevator :(
 
2013-05-02 11:17:39 AM  

Lumpmoose: ZAZ: I'm pleased that being in bad shape in your 20s causes permanent damage. I was in bad shape in my 20s. Now I can ignore health advice. It's too late to save me.

But of course it's like Bugs Bunny's line in the sand. You could be a 500 year old certified immortal and they'd still come up with a reason to say forget all that stuff we told you last year and you ignored here is the real secret to eternal life...

I don't draw that conclusion.  TFA implies they were *also* obese when they were in their 50s.  The only thing you can conclude is that people that are obese when they're young tend to be obese when they're old.  It's a behavioral conclusion, not a health conclusion.  The important question: if the obese 50-year-olds alter their diet, will it reduce their metabolic syndrome and increase their life expectancy?


Nope. Once you get fat, you are pretty much farked. Don't get fat.
 
2013-05-02 11:28:28 AM  

UberDave: The 22 year old individuals they studied are now 55.  I bet this applies more today than ever.  33 years ago there was not near as much bad shiat to eat and way less 20-sometimes were overweight.  I went to an interview about a year ago and the majority of the 23 person company was mid-20s to early 30s.  I think there were like 2 guys who *appeared* to be in shape...and that's only because they didn't have a gut.  And their break-room was stockpiled with heaping mounds of company provided junk food.

If you're in your 20s, your body can take a lot of abuse.  Get in a good workout routine and enjoy being in good shape before you hit your 40s where post activity recovery time sucks.


My personal work anecdote is highly positive in the health factor. I work at a rather large engineering company in Texas, however, in my group of some 30 engineers and a spattering of managers, there is only 2 overweight guys, and one is working hard to get back in shape. Of the 20-30 somethings, all go to the gym multiple times a week, a group of us young (25 +-2 years) guys go to the gym together.

It is highly encouraging from my experience for college educated, texas-urban people. In fact I would say the majority of young professionals I come in contact with are all in decent shape (either work out, or are not overweight). Very few people are excessively unhealthy.
 
2013-05-02 11:35:18 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: UberDave: And their break-room was stockpiled with heaping mounds of company provided junk food.

We have a "wellness committee" at my office that meets over pizza and soda. We also only have two floors and people take the elevator :(


My office building has only two floors and an elevator too. It's only the chunky coworkers who always participate in our quarterly weight loss challenges and distribute healthy diet & exercise bulletins who use it though.
 
2013-05-02 11:59:30 AM  

new_york_monty: I'm in my late twenties now and have started getting my ass in shape. Last year at this time I was about 235lbs (6'2" so I didn't look obese, but didn't feel great), Now I'm down at about 215lbs and have put on close to twenty pounds of muscle at the same time. I now weigh what I did in Jr. High, but look slimmer. Feels good. The big motivator for me was ending a nearly seven-year (unhealthy) relationship.

It's a lot more fun being single and in-shape than single and fat. I'm still looking to drop a few more pounds of fat, but not trying to push it.

/No diet or gym
//stopped with the late-night meals
///free and effective pushups and situps at home FTW


Late nite meals are my achilles too. I run 65-90 miles a week and that 4th meal is a real biatch - finally starting to put that bad habit aside. Good job on the weight loss. If you can get in shape for your 30s, you'll enjoy them so much more...
 
2013-05-02 12:22:37 PM  

new_york_monty: /No diet or gym
//stopped with the late-night meals
///free and effective pushups and situps at home FTW


I haven't done this myself, but I have free access to a gym, too... but I suggest that you get a few cheap free-weights and a pullup bar. Situps and pushups are great, but it really helps to balance it out with something you can do at home. If you balance out the pushups with curls or back exercises, you'll feel better and you'll be able to go longer without getting tired. Not suggesting anything fancy unless you're into it... just one of those tricks to get more done in less time.
 
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