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Maintaining a Healthy Weight as We Age

Q: We're always reading about new diets. What simple things can my husband and I do to maintain a healthy weight as we age?

A: From Susan Kalish, MD, geriatrician at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center:

Being overweight or underweight can cause serious health risks. Start by determining if you're the right weight. Look in the mirror and assess your body fat (especially where it is located) and muscle tone. A more technical measurement is Body Mass Index, or BMI, which compares your weight to your height. To maintain a healthy weight:

  • Keep an assortment of foods in your kitchen, including fruits, vegetables, grains, fish and poultry so you can choose from healthy options when hunger strikes.

  • Evaluate what and how often you eat to keep each other on track.

  • Exercise together regularly.

  • Eat sensible portions.

  • If you need to lose or gain weight, do so gradually and praise each other's progress.

For more detailed and personalized advice, consult with a registered dietitian or physician.

Above content provided by Hebrew SeniorLife in partnership with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

Posted July 2012

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Division of Gerontology
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Lowry Medical Office Building #1B (West Campus)
110 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02215

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