Wednesday, June 19, 2013
I haven't actually seen any research on this topic.
But: based upon personal experience and observation of others (both here at Spark and in "real" life) I think this might be so.
Especially for women.
As younger women, many of us still take on disproportionate and gendered "food duties".
We plan, shop, prepare, serve and clean up meals for our children. And are tempted to sample at every stage of the process.
We take the lead in hostessing get togethers for both family and friends, which are inevitably food oriented. More planning, shopping, preparing, serving and cleaning up meals. More sampling opportunities.
Younger women experience greater hormonal swings which affect mood and need for comfort. Food is always handy (see above).
There are greater work/life balance issues for younger women: rushing from work to get the kids before the daycare closes. Exhausted. Worn-out will power, Driving past the fast food places with hungry wails from the back seat. Nothing ready for dinner. Overwhelmed with guilt. Never feeling "good enough" either at work or at home. Sound familiar?
All of which means: younger women have much less time for exercising and taking care of themselves.
Simultaneously there are greater pressures to look fabulous when you're younger: perfect body, perfect hair, perfect makeup. And to keep a fabulous home for all that entertaining. While providing little people with all of the opportunities for enrichment and "mummy-time" that society tells us are essential to their growth and development.
These pressures do relax eventually. And with greater age comes (I believe) greater confidence about just saying no.
No, I'm not able to make cupcakes for the fundraiser.
No, I can't host the reunion at my place: but I'll make reservations at the restaurant. How many want to attend?
No, can't attend the breakfast meeting (that's my gym time).
Is it any wonder that achieving a more optimal weight and maintaining that weight seems to be more doable for women over 50 than under 40?
What do you think: is that your experience too?