Are you concerned about your weight?

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According to a report by England’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, obesity is the biggest threat to women’s health and the health of future generations.

In her annual report, she warns that tackling obesity should be a national priority and women should be empowered to lead healthier and more active lives.

In England in 2013, 64% of women aged 34-44 and 71% of women aged 45-54 were classified as overweight or obese.

At menopause, many women experience weight gain, particularly around the abdomen. This can be a time when women feel they are not in control of their bodies and the pounds can creep on, and become harder to shift in later life. Apart from declining oestrogen levels, other factors that may contribute to weight gain after menopause include:

  • Loss of muscle tissue with age
  • Lowered metabolism
  • Reduced physical activity
  • Altered habits – for example, more freedom to eat out.

How do you feel about your weight?  Do you think you are a healthy weight? Are you conscious about your lifestyle, diet and exercise?  Are you in denial about your weight? Do you feel in control?

Are you concerned about your weight?

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iestynlad
13th May 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
But not as concerned as some people should be! Just tell me how they afford to get that fat. Food wasn't free last time I went shopping.
KeithE3
28th Apr 2016
0
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I think I picked up someone else's lost weight..... 🙁

You can have it back with pleasure.
mickigirl
20th Apr 2016
0
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I walk 4 miles a day, and am about a stone overweight. I am working to lose that (somewhat half-heartedly), but I do think as we get older, a little bit of extra weight is a cushion against any nasty health issues that might occur, and make us lose a lot of weight suddenly. I think fitness and obviously NOT obesity is the order of the day. A bit of overweight is OK.
Lionel
3rd Apr 2016
0
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No.

I believe it's medical people on a mission to a) sell more drugs and b) leave us all feeling guilty.

Prince Phillip, when interviewed just after his ninety fourth birthday was asked to what he attributed his longevity?

'Keep out of the hands of ...... doctors.'

My sentiment for fifty years!
toulula
3rd Apr 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
Iam 8stone 7pounds 5ft tall
Munsterlander
2nd Apr 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
I am getting a bit more podgy as I get older but that's not a bad thing. Who wants to be a bag of bones. I eat quite well and do a lot of walking plus walk when I could take a bus or tube so think I get enough exercise.
silverDonna
2nd Apr 2016
1
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I am more concerned about my overall fitness than about what the scales say.

I am able bodied and just have to make myself go for a walk, run or skip to counteract the negative effects of driving.
Pussk2
1st Mar 2016
2
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Not any more. Have lost 3st 11 1/2 lbs with Slimming World. Diabetes now well controlled and blood pressure now slightly on the low side. It is not going back on.
Wilf
22nd Jan 2016
2
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I have got a bit of a spare tyre and as I get older I feel less like exercising-just a hassle but I do enjoy walking the dogs and think that keeps me fit
jacksonjulie
9th Jan 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
I gave up smoking 15 weeks ago, I was a size 14 to 16, I'm now a size 18. Although I eat quite healthy the weight has just piled on since I gave up smoking. What's the answer??
lindz64
17th Jan 2016
2
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Hi Julie, I gave up smoking for four years and am ashamed to say that I put on 3 stones. My doctor explained that even if you stuck to 1,000 calories a day you'd still probably put a bit of weight on as your metabolism slows right down. He said the weight would probably rebalance within six months. I started smoking again when my Mum was seriously ill, but I've been going to Slimming World now for eighteen months and back down to 11 stones, which at 5'6" suits me. Good luck with your weight, I'm sure it will come off, just give it a bit of time... and plenty of fruit!! x
Westminster
8th Jan 2016
2
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I wish there was a magic fairy who would just wave her wand, and I would be a stone lighter.

I do watch carefully what I eat, try to keep to less than 1800 calories daily, but weight loss is slow.

Like most folk, I just keep trying.
1
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I am possibly a stone overweight but do not worry about it, I try to eat healthily and stay active. I do worry about my children's weight as their health is suffering. There is help out there for various addictions but very little is available for those addicted to food especially sugar addiction
merlinkit
4th Jan 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
I do worry about my weight because of medical reasons and age.,you name it I have tried it and lost,not weight.
Barbara58
21st Dec 2015
3
Thanks for voting!
Ps - can we have an 'edit' button please?
I've made an error which I'd like to change. BITE the bullet, not 'BIT' the bullet - if I'm trying to get things right in my life I'd like to be able to get my contributions here correct too.
Thanks
Barbara58
21st Dec 2015
4
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It's all my own fault! It's completely ridiculous to blame my age, my mobility, my meds. I am to blame for being unable to fit into my stunning clothes. I am to blame for not getting out, not walking to the village shops, for eating all of the wrong foods - including comfort eating, ready meals and gorging on cakes, chocolate and biscuits.
My reward for this? A serious acid reflux condition - medics call it a 'disease' - and excruciating pain, strong headaches, daily 'all day' nausea, 2 stone extra blubber I need to lose quick sharp, and consequential depression.
If this resonates with our Community here FESS UP! NOTHING will change unless I, or you, address this.
I now face a complete diet change to the most bland, boring food but am determined to do it as I know it will lengthen my life and make me happier.
So, folks, 'fess up, stop blaming everyone else, bit that bullet and perhaps we'll all compare notes next year. Perhaps I'll start a Silversurfer Forum/blog. Meanwhile there's a small matter of the last cream cake before it's a new life of chicken, fish, plain vegetables, water, apples, banana, melon and no fat milk. Yum Yum!
Richy
21st Dec 2015
3
Thanks for voting!
I have chronic sciatica in both legs and find exercising impossible due to the pain. Also all the pills that I take have the side effect of weight gain and having spoken to a lot of people with chronic sciatica they too have problems with weight gain due to the pills. If anyone has any ideas as to what I can do to lose weight it would be much appreciated. I have tried dieting and I used to go to a gym but sciatica went from acute to chronic.
Eleanor 5
19th Dec 2015
3
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As you say marionro1 Slimming World are great Aged almost 75 l joined our local group in June have lost 1st 9 lbs blood pressure and Colestral much improved more energy and friendly and easy cooking meals from their recipes and not feeling hungry or deprived .definitely give them a thumbs up .
lindz64
17th Jan 2016
2
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I agree totally Eleanor 5!! I'm never hungry and there are loads of recipes. I also have just lost 1st 9lbs. Well done us!
suey123
18th Dec 2015
3
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Winter is to cold to diet and i like all the warm tasty meals yes i feel overweight and have high blood pressure . CHRISTMAS is not a good time to diet . I will have a go in the New Year . Merry CHRISTMAS TO ALL .
biker babe
20th Dec 2015
2
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Merry Christmas to you too! Good luck with diet in New Year & hope your blood pressure starts to go down x
crumbles
18th Dec 2015
2
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Thinking about joining a class in the new year. Never needed to before but now I am retired eating when I wouldn't have been before
Sparkly Barbs
18th Dec 2015
3
Thanks for voting!
Always on a diet. Winning now. Slowly and surely
elisabeth
18th Dec 2015
2
Thanks for voting!
If one weighs one's portions, there is noneed to worry about one's weight
celtwitch
19th Dec 2015
2
Thanks for voting!
One will try your suggestion, and one will hope for the best.
missjune
18th Dec 2015
2
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Hi,I have been following a low carb diet and I've lost a stone, I have been a yoyo dieter all my life, I've found its not so easy to loose weight in middle age.
nettap
17th Dec 2015
2
Thanks for voting!
I am overweight and have been obese. I have beaten type II diabetes, but have extreme difficulty in keeping my weight down.
I believe it is due to metabolism or in the genes. I walk my dog twice a day, have a very large garden, and as I am a widower I do all my own housework. Yet, I cannot lose weight. Why?
lindz64
17th Jan 2016
3
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I am a Slimming World member nettap and there is a man in our group who has just lost 5.1/2 stones, with the bonus that he now doesn't have to inject twice a day for diabetes, in fact no medication at all... isn't that great. We have four/five men in our happy group so why not find a group local to you. You'll get a warm welcome!
marionr01
15th Dec 2015
4
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Just over 12 months ago I was classed as obeast. On a whim I and wishing I could fit into some of my clothes I joined my local Slimming World club, with the intenision of lousing a stone just before christmas. A year on I am now 3 1/2 stone lighter, many of my friends say that I look younger, and yes I can get in to my clothes and feel great. I have also made new friends, and some times we go out for a coffee after we have been weighed, and support each other through lifes trials and tribulations, we always aim to have a laugh, and yes there are times that I have cried and got fed up. One thing I have found is that I am cooking more following the recipies from Slimming World. It is not about starving your self you have to eat to slim and yes I have egg and chips, bacon and egg tomatoes cooked healthly, I have now reduced the risk of getting diabetes high blood pressure, and storkes, even if you can`t exercise much and you are on a limited income such as me you can lose weight and make new friends.
AnnHar1
14th Dec 2015
2
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I have degenerative disc disease, severe Oesteoarthritis, have had one hip replaced and the other one will need replacing soon !! Despite all of this I walk my Border Collie, briskly, for at least an hour everyday, do Yoga weekly and 40 minutes of aerobic exercise most days. I have had operations on my spine that made it worse but sitting around feeling sorry for myself is not an option!! The ONLY way to keep ALL of these issues bearable is to keep my weight down. I don't "diet" as such but do have a very healthy diet, I never eat ready prepared food, I make everything from scratch so I know exactly what is in the food that I am eating. I do go out to eat occasionally and enjoy doing that but even then I am careful what I eat, avoiding chips so that I can have some dessert for instance. Reading this back it sounds like I am obsessed but in reality I am trying to have less strain on my skeletal frame in order to lessen my pain which does not work if I am overweight!!
thefilthycripple
14th Dec 2015
3
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The trouble is the medical profession still knows so little about weight issues and metabolism ! Now they have an instant cure with weight loss surgery with the horrendous consequences ,anybody can have dramatic weight loss if you do not eat solids for months !
rudgy
14th Dec 2015
2
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Taking some medication put on weight. I find it harder to get motivated as I've got older .
internationallady
13th Dec 2015
3
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I have been concerned for a while as a back problem severely restricts my exercise. But I am getting a dog soon and this will make me go out and walk. Which is still something I can do although it is restricted.
jillypoo
13th Dec 2015
6
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It concerns me that I have been to the doctors for guideance because my healthy eating and exercise is not doing anything to help shift the pounds and the doctor looks at you with dissbelief when I tell them what I eat.
Dollie
12th Dec 2015
3
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too old to care!!
lindz64
17th Jan 2016
2
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You're never too old Dollie, please don't give up x
JohnHerb
11th Dec 2015
3
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Not really . I do eat too much chocolate and drink a bit too much wine but try and walk a lot which keeps the weight down

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