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Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Apples & Pears Redux

imageWell, I'm really naffed off now - I weighed myself this morning, only to find that I have gained weight over the last month or so and am back up at 78 kilos (174 lbs / 12st 6lbs.) This is despite sticking, mostly, to my 1500 calorie diet

Truthfully, I couldn't eat less and still maintain adequate nutrition, but with fibromyalgia, ME/CFS and such severe exercise intolerance as I suffer, I really can't see any other means of attacking this obesity problem.

What is most apparent with me now is that I'm carrying a lot of that extra fat around the middle - and "People who carry a lot of weight around their middle are at increased risk of developing dementia, say researchers."

It's not a great future to look forward to, is it?

Actually, going to various fibromyalgia and pain groups here recently, I have noticed that not only are the majority of fibro sufferers overweight, but most seem to be apple shapes, who carry weight in the middle. It makes me wonder if there is some scientific explanation to a link between body type and brain shrinkage (if one exists), that may help unravel the fibromyalgia mystery.

In the meantime, while we wait for a miracle from the weight-loss fairy, I guess all we can do is learn to wear sacks with Empire line waists! See How To Dress If You're Apple-Shaped and Fashion Tips For Your Body Shape: Apple.

Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.

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