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Several months ago, Oprah did a show about 60 being the new 40 and 50 being the new 30. Women who came from good "aging gracefully" genes flaunted themselves on stage and in the audience to let the rest of America know that they weren't taking growing older lying down. They were determined to do whatever it took to keep up a youthful appearance.

Then we had a report come out indicating baby boomers aren't as healthy as our parents from the previous generation. So what really gives here? Yes, we baby boomers are probably not as healthy as our parents were because we've bought into a concept that our parents didn't. We have been driven to believe everything we read and se ein the media. We've been brainwashed and some of us have gotten downright lazy with our physical activity.

Baby boomers are overweight because some "expert" keeps telling us what we should or should not eat and then in the next breath, some other "expert" comes out and says we've been eating the wrong things all along.

We are unhappy with the way we look because we live in a society where it's all about a youthful appearance. There's no such thing as aging gracefully according to the media. Just look at Hollywood. And don't even get me started on the plastic surgery option.

Who told us 60 was the new 40? Why have we bought into that theory?

I like looking good. I love feeling healthy and just like my mother and grandmother, I'm doing it my way---instead of being brainwashed into believing I have to look a certain way, be a certain size to enjoy who I am.

Beverly Mahone


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