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Weight and Age

Friday, June 28, 2013

A friend told me last night of a lady who passed away in her sleep last week. She hired in with me at my job 14 years ago. I knew her but wasn't close to her, and several years back we went to different plants many states away from each other. When he told me of her passing, I remembered a lady who was by my guess mid-50s and somewhere between 300-400 lbs (in 1999). He told me she had the weight loss surgery a few years back and looked totally different. So, I checked the obituary expecting to see a woman in her late 60s who had passed away. Imagine my surprise when I found out that she was 52 at her death. That means 14 years ago she was almost my age now, and I thought her to be mid-50s then. Her picture now showed a very svelte lady who did indeed look her age.
Of all the things that I think of with excess weight, I never thought about how it can age you. I think about how my clothes fit, general attractiveness, heart health, diabetes, etc. But not age.
I am glad that the lady was able to get herself to her desired weight many years before her passing. And I need to use this as a wake-up call that time is precious and limited, and follow her footsteps (albeit without surgery) to a healthier weight.
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