Here is the full text of Charles Eugster, an expert in successful aging, on Why Bodybuilding at Age 93 is a Great Idea at TEDxZurich conference.
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Let me start first with a brief story.
Before attending a dinner at my rowing club, I went into the bar. Seeing an attractive young lady, I thought that I would chat her up.
Suddenly, there was an influx of people, and we were pressed together. My nose was squashed in the cleavage between two magnificent breasts. My embarrassment made me realize how tall the lovely lady was.
I had, in fact, been introduced to one of the many continuing rapid changes related to our human bodies. The increase of height of 10cm during the last few hundred years seems to have peaked in 1970.
Here I am, rowing at the age of 91 with a 15 year old, who is already well over a head taller than me. There is continuing increase in girth. Obesity is now a major world health problem. World obesity has doubled since 1980. 12% of the world’s population is obese. In the Americas, it is even 26%.
Obesity can cause diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Already 10% of the world’s population suffer from diabetes. A world pandemic of diabetes is already a reality.
By 2030 it is estimated that 50% of the US population will be obese. In obesity, it is the prefrontal part of the brain that shrinks. The prospect of the most powerful nation of the world with 50% of the US population having shrinking brains is frightening!