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With diet programs, plans and pills touting quick and easy weight loss, you might feel there’s something wrong with you if pounds are dropping off slowly—or not at all—even when you’re eating “normally.” The truth is that weight is easy to gain but not to lose, especially as you age. Don’t blame yourself. There are reasons behind the difficulty.
A York University study described in the journal Obesity Research and Clinical Practice focused on “dietary and exercise data for tens of thousands of Americans over the past four decades. It found that even when eating the same diet with an equal activity level, “a given adult in 2006 had a higher BMI than a counterpart of the same age in 1988.” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 10/6/15, E48). Co-author of the study, professor Jennifer Kuk of York University, attributed the difference to several factors.
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