to think once I am 70, I will just eat what I want, when I want.

(48 Posts)
Happymum22 Sun 30-Jun-13 15:36:42

I am currently battling with my latest weight loss efforts! I am not large, just on the top end of my BMI and, having had a 'bingey' few months, am keen to get back into healthy routines and diets.

Was chatting to DD20 who said 'When I'm old and retired I'm just going to eat whatever I want, whenever I want and enjoy all the amazing food out there. By then I really won't care about the impacts on my body or being fat'

Thinking about it, this sounds a rather nice plan. Anyone agree?

CloudsAndTrees Sun 30-Jun-13 15:39:47

I agree.

I have lots of plans for when I get old. It's going to be fun.

NatashaBee Sun 30-Jun-13 15:40:59

YANBU. But most 70 year olds I've met don't seem to eat much... So you might lose your appetite by then!

lovesmileandlaugh Sun 30-Jun-13 15:43:01

But as you get older your weight may affect your quality of life. For example, my Nan had bad arthritis and her weight definitely made a difference to her pain levels and her ability to get out and about!

TimeofChange Sun 30-Jun-13 15:43:28

Well, I'm 60 and to me 70 isn't that far away.
I hope to still be slim, fit and active at 70 and 80.

I want to enjoy my retirement, not have high blood pressure, diabetes, joint and mobility problems just because I eat too much crap food.

tumbletumble Sun 30-Jun-13 15:43:34

I think that was my thought process when I was pregnant!

The thing is, it's no fun being fat. You may not care how you look by then (although my 71 year old mum would disagree!) but what about issues like impact on mobility, getting out of breath from mild exertion etc?

southeastastra Sun 30-Jun-13 15:44:22

but if you can't get about aged 70 it would be grim, you would be housebound!

expatinscotland Sun 30-Jun-13 15:44:48

I hope to be dead by then.

squeakytoy Sun 30-Jun-13 15:44:57

I eat what I want, when I want now, I just dont eat loads of it.

Absolutmum Sun 30-Jun-13 15:47:10

My mother is 80 and just eats crap all day. She has a terrible sweet tooth and diabetes.
She's been like it for the last year or so and seems ok. I'm not going to try and change her at this stage, she's a grown up and it's her life, so why not!

expatinscotland Sun 30-Jun-13 15:49:22

My dad is 77 and eats what he wants. He's never been a big eater, though, and is naturally slim. He's been smoking since 1954. At this ointment, as he puts it, something will kill him, probably sooner rather than later. He is enjoying himself and his retirement.

hmc Sun 30-Jun-13 15:50:58

YABU - better to be a fit and active 70 year old (which is the 'youth' of old age imo) than obese and adding to old age's aches and pains

yamsareyammy Sun 30-Jun-13 15:56:30

huh. I intend to eat better as I get older, not worse.
If I am to live to old age, I want to be as healthy as possible.
My problem is the motivation for fitness.
[Just managed to bore myself].

ZZZenagain Sun 30-Jun-13 15:57:15

you won't have much appetite. The elderly people I know eat like birds, barely at all. Enjoy it while you can

My 75 year old grandmother is so dynamic and to be honest, she does as much as any woman 10, 20, 30 years younger than her! If she threw all caution to the wind and became fat and ate crap her quality of life might be much less than it is now, she wouldn't gain much. It would be like a healthy 50 year old saying chuck it, might as well, haven't got anything to lose!

Easy to say when it's a long way off :-p

yamsareyammy Sun 30-Jun-13 15:58:20

I dont fancy a nasty end. Too much of a coward for that. Though there is no guarantee that healthy eating and fitness are going to stop it.

thatstoast Sun 30-Jun-13 16:01:34

Nevermind eating what I want, I've always said if I reach 80 I'm going to start smoking crack.

hmc Sun 30-Jun-13 16:20:01

grin @thatstoast

Mintyy Sun 30-Jun-13 16:23:27

70 isn't old! Mick Jagger is going to be 70 next month. That is far too young to "give up".

My ddad died at 81, he was as fit as fiddle and incredibly active (until the bastard lung cancer got him).

hmc Sun 30-Jun-13 16:29:58

Yep, have to agree - my dad is 85 and is really good health. Does lots of walking, gardening etc and very few health issues; he enjoys life. He would have had a different retirement if he had stuffed himself silly since turning 70

CMOTDibbler Sun 30-Jun-13 16:32:33

Trouble is, these days 70 can be not old at all, great health, travelling round the world or it can be a point where you are really falling apart.
And being obese makes a huge difference at that age in terms of joint health, diabetes, blood pressure etc - and unfortunatly these are things that may not kill you outright but leave you really compromised and miserable.

GW297 Sun 30-Jun-13 16:38:53

My 28 year old sister has been saying this very thing for as long as I can remember!

thebody Sun 30-Jun-13 16:45:16

My dmil never smoked or drank and died at 60.

My dfil was a smoker and drinker and 22 stone and lived till 78.

Absolutely no guarantees so just enjoy.

Madlizzy Sun 30-Jun-13 16:45:39

toast, I always said that I'd be mainlining hard drugs if I hit 80 grin

VivaLeBeaver Sun 30-Jun-13 16:45:40

Me too.

And I'm going to start smoking!

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