This sounds well and good, but... both my parents were lean, fit, and lifelong exercisers. My mother developed and died of breast cancer at age 73; my father developed Parkinsons at about 75 and -- despite continued dedication to exercise -- is now bent over and shuffling.
While exercise and positive thinking are fine things, they can't stop our bodies from developing a huge range of problems that can shorten or radically limit our lives. Yes, being slim and fit can HELP, but they can't eliminate inherited, infectious, or spontaneous disorders.
It troubles me when articles like this one suggest "if only you'd done more you wouldn't have cancer/parkinsons/arthritis/dementia." Sure, healthy living CAN make the difference, but blaming folks for these disorders as if they could have prevented them if only they'd tried harder is, I think, a disservice.
- 11/26/2012 9:08:43 AM