100 lb. Club - A thought...

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09-25-2009, 09:53 AM
I know alot of old people. I know alot of fat people.

But, I don't know that many old fat people.

Something for us/me to think about. Now is the time to put one foot in front of the other and journey on.

09-25-2009, 10:15 AM
My health teacher in college pointed this out...you don't see many...if any 60+ overweight people out and about.

09-25-2009, 10:16 AM

09-25-2009, 10:31 AM
The old people that I see the most are the little old ladies that keep passing me on the walking track and at the mall. They walk fast!

A couple of weeks ago when visiting my daughter, we decided to take a long walk around a lake near her home. My daughter knows about my frustration at not being able to keep up with the little old ladies, so I told her that I was pleased that there was not a little old lady in sight. We got about half way around that lake when out of the blue, a little old lady came up from behind and passed us! We just looked at each other and died laughing.

I am in training to be one of those little old ladies someday! :)

09-25-2009, 10:42 AM
As an older chick who lives in a retirement community, I want to say that there are plenty of old fat people. You just don't see them on the streets much--at least not walking. Mobility in older people who are overweight/obese is a major problem. Lots of golf carts, lots of electric mobility chairs, and so forth.

Besides, you don't know how many of those "little old ladies" who are walking so fast used to be overweight.

And by the way, even though I am older and not very tall, I would rather not be called a "little old lady." If you think about it, it's kinda dismissive and demeaning.


Thighs Be Gone
09-25-2009, 10:52 AM
I have also known alot of older people that lost weight as they aged--an inherently natural process for the vast majority.

09-25-2009, 10:57 AM
Yep, they are at home, in wheelchairs or Little Rascals...like my mom. Well, no Little Rascal yet. If she doesn't do something about her weight she won't make it to 70. It kills me but there is nothing on God's green earth I can do about it.

Thighs Be Gone
09-25-2009, 11:00 AM
Dc, I am facing the same thing with my adoptive mom. I went to her house over the summer for 2 weeks--she lost 12 pounds when I was there. As soon as I left the weight came right back on--along with all her cronies that bring her the food thats is going to bury her. I know she will die soon. I have simply decided there is truly nothing I can do. She will be missed.

09-25-2009, 11:12 AM
Jayell - we would never call you a little old lady!! ;)

My mom lives at a senior apartment (55 years and older). There are just a few overweight people - and, yes, most do have a mobility problem. :(

There is so much to think about in this message.

Ya know - where I live, they don't allow the seniors to walk early in the mall any more. Mall folks don't want to spend the money on opening up early and having to pay security. Plus, the 'liability' - (of course) :dizzy: It's too bad, really.

09-25-2009, 11:30 AM
I take care of my elderly parents who live in a retirement community. There are plenty of larger residents including a good number who are morbidly obese. Encouragingly, there are so many people in their 80's and beyond who are still playing tennis, swimming, golfing and even running on a daily basis.

It's never too late to improve the quality of our lives.

09-25-2009, 11:35 AM
JayEll originally posted Besides, you don't know how many of those "little old ladies" who are walking so fast used to be overweight.

And by the way, even though I am older and not very tall, I would rather not be called a "little old lady." If you think about it, it's kinda dismissive and demeaning.

Jay, I am sincerely sorry for having offended you. In trying to treat this with a little humor, I was insensitive.

I really admire the ladies that I was discussing. Three years ago, my eighty-year-old mother-in-law, who was 5" tall, referred to herself as a "little old lady." I could not keep up with her when we walked. The reason... she was a fit and trim 80 year old who walked every day and I was a morbidly obese 51-year-old who moved as little as possible.

Seriously, I am in training to be a fit senior citizen. I am much fitter today than I was a year ago and hope that in another year I will be fit by anyone's standards. About the senior citizen part, I don't know if 55 will be considered a senior citizen or not. :) As I am just 5'2" tall, I will start referring to myself as a "little old lady" someday. :)

The wellness center where I walk has a free program for senior citizens so there are a large number of them walking the track. They regularly pass me because they are in better shape than I am. I look forward to the day that I can keep up with them. I will also sign up for the senior citizen program on my 55th birthday, the first day that I am eligible. They have free personal training and I look forward to that.

I am sorry that I offended, my underlining meaning was to compliment the ladies and express my desire to be like them. Lesson learned!

09-25-2009, 11:36 AM
Mother is considering WLS but has other health issues her dr wants to solve before permitting it. I told her to find another dr. The other issues become a moot point if she dies from the obesity before they are solved. She can barely limp from bed to chair and back. I do not want to lose my mother to this!

09-25-2009, 01:48 PM
I see morbidly obese older people all the time.

But then again, I work in a hospital.

09-25-2009, 03:07 PM
time2lose, that's OK! Just doing some consciousness raising. I think once you get "of a certain age," you won't really want to refer to yourself that way. But I could be wrong! :yes:

Interesting how we don't refer to "little old gentlemen," isn't it? ;-)


Alana in Canada
09-25-2009, 03:31 PM
I am in my mid-forties--and being old and finding it difficult to move was not an enticing future.

However, excercise is key to a healthy lifestyle for an older person, I think, even more than when we're younger. Those limbs just aren't going to stay limber on their own.

Keep taking your calcium, too, ladies. And weight bearing excercise helps--though I've yet t get that going for myself. Right now, I have my own weight to provide resistence--but that won't always be the case! ;)

09-25-2009, 04:42 PM
I think this really is a demographic issue. Because in central Illinois where I spent most of my life, I knew and saw a lot of obese and even morbidly obese people of all ages (at least in the last couple decades, as obesity has become much more common). In Illinois, I suspect that elderly obese were less active and less mobile and therefore less visible. At least the elderly obese that I came in contact with (through working in social services).

However, moving to Wisconsin, I see a lot more obese and morbidly obese. According to obesity stats, Illinois has a 21% obesity rate, while Wisconsin has 22%, so I really shouldn't be able to notice that much of difference, but there is a HUGE difference, and largely it seems to be an attitude difference. On one hand, it seems to be more acceptable to be obese. Maybe not so good, but maybe not so bad, because it's not assumed that obesity means bad-health and inactivity. There are far more active obese here, and for that matter there are far more active people of all ages and sizes including the fat elderly.

In fact, there are so many fat, active elderly in our area that I really do suspect that the activity component really may be a bigger component of longevity, mobility and health than obesity alone. I also find that there is a greater emphasis on "good" food. I'm not saying that fast food and junk food aren't as prevalent here as anywhere else, but the availability and demand for healthy, fresh, local meat, dairy, eggs, fruits and vegetables beats anywhere I've lived in Illinois.

09-27-2009, 10:37 PM
I would love to be a little old lady when I grow up.:)

09-27-2009, 10:55 PM
I see a LOT of older men AND women that are obese where I live.
I worked as an outreach worker with seniors, and I saw even more.

Like others have said, maybe it is a demographic issue, but obesity and weight issues seem to affect all ages and all socio-economic groups where I live.

And - for the record - I am little (thanks to many of you for helping me on my journey), I am old, and I am certainly a lady (thank you Mom for DRILLING those manners into me)
but I am NOT a "little old lady" ;)

09-28-2009, 01:39 AM
I was always aware of the fact that you just didn't see too many 50 year old people walking around my size and it frightened me. I had it in the back of my head that if I didn't take care of my weight by the time I was 50, I might never have the chance to take care of it at all, because I'd be dead.

It's funny because I've thought it to my self LOTS, but didn't look at it so literally till you folks just pointed it out. I thought of it as I'd be dead, didn't look at it so literally, that I may be alive, just NOT WALKING AROUND (no mobility). Hmmm. Interesting. Though I'm certain for myself, it wasn't a case of not being able to walk, it was a case of I'd wouldn't be living - period. I'm certain of it.

I started my journey when I was 42. Too bad I hadn't had it my head that I didn't see too many 40 years olds walking around my size. Oh well.

And I'd love to be called a little old lady. I've got no problem with it. In about 45 years or so. ;)

09-28-2009, 01:48 AM
I work in a hospital and take care of hundreds of patients a years.I see many obese people.I can probably count the obese people I have taken care of in their 70s and 80s.Very very few.My guess is these people die from complications of this disease way before they reach this age.But of course when I hear the word "older".I think of people age 70 and up....its a medical professional thing.....

09-28-2009, 06:09 AM
Little Old Gentleman checking in.

Nope, never been called that; the elder phrase for guys seems to be "Dirty old man" which I would object to being called.

I started my journey four years ago at 62. One of my motivations was to avoid being overweight when I retired, or when I got "old" - which, of course, is always an age older than I am now, LOL. Another motivation was the awareness that many older folks I knew didn't have the mobility to start heavy exercising, so I had better start while I still could. Subsequently I have come to know some older folks who continue serious exercising.

I, too, have noticed few obese older folks. It's almost been a bummer to face the thought that my journey was wasted because old people just naturally lose the excess weight, by some magic process that I don't know about. I'm guessing, because it hasn't been mentioned yet, that my fantasized natural weight loss doesn't happen.

09-28-2009, 09:35 AM
I know a number of elderly obese people, relatives or friends of my mother. Obesity does not necessarily mean an early death. I think that your genetics play a part in this also. My obese grandmother lived to be 98. My active grandmother lived to be 100, so I have genetics in my favor. But...., and it is a big but to me, mobility is an issue for the elder obese people that I know. At the moment, I can't think of one exception. I know them because of my mother, you won't see them out and about except at the doctor's office or maybe church. You certainly won't see them passing me on the walking track. Obesity can be a quality of life issue, IMHO.

09-28-2009, 01:27 PM
Hmm, I don't know what to say, because I see a lot. :shrug:

09-28-2009, 02:29 PM
I see morbidly obese older people all the time.

But then again, I work in a hospital.

I don't work in a hospital, but I am a big people watcher and I see obese people of all ages, races, sexes, etc constantly. I also notice more and more overweight people it seems, but who am I to judge... I will always be an obese person, even when I hit goal.