Once in a while my family and I watch the Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss show on TV. Without fail the person being coached is in the extreme category- they likely will never feature a person needing to just lose 20 lbs, by the nature of the show itself! When people are extremely obese, the threat of their weight to their health is much greater than the average individual. They almost always state that they want to be around for their kids or loved ones, because if they don’t do something about it, they’ll likely die young of obesity caused illness or disease.
But for the average individual watching or just going about their life, the extra pounds they carry are not likely a matter of life and death. Very few people diet down fifteen pounds to live longer- they do it to look better in a bathing suit, or to be able to run that 5K a few minutes faster than before.
A lot of talk and research is going into the field of life extension- that is, figuring out what we can do, eat, or take in order to live more than the average 70-80 years that seems ordained for us for many generations. What a concept it would be to have another 40 years to live on this earth- imagine all the other things you’d be able to do if you lived to be 115 on average… wait, what?!