Contrary to popular myth, recent research has found that carrying a few extra pounds makes for better health.We also tend to forget that over-exercising can cause problems ranging from damaged tendons and ligaments to arthritis as we age.
So the kids have grown up and you’ve just returned to the dating scene after being married for years.
But dating is a whole different ball game now you’re in your fifties.
It’s generally agreed that the never-ending stream of air-brushed images of size zero celebrities is damaging to young women, contributing towards eating disorders, body dysmorphia and problems with self-esteem. I believe we, too, are being done a disservice by our obsession with any celebrity nearing or past her half-century who can maintain the contours of a 16-year-old and appear in a bikini looking a vision of perfection. The statistics seem to suggest not: for, alarmingly, we’re seeing more and more older women — in their 50s, 60s and even 70s — with serious body issues.
Eating disorders in older women have increased by 42 per cent in the past 11 years — leading to all kinds of health problems such as osteoporosis, heart, liver, digestive and gastro-intestinal problems, not to mention depression.
I know at least half-a-dozen women over 50 with eating disorders, two of whom are showing signs of osteoporosis.