I always remember an episode of "Oprah" I saw a long time ago.
They had a woman from her 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's. All were exercise fiends and ate healthy all of the time. All were dressed in leotards. It was like a progression chart - as all of the women as they were older - their middles were thicker and weight had shifted downward to stomachs and hips. All of them.
It is inevitable.
What is inevitable? That bodies will change over time? Because it certainly is not true that weight gain after 45 is inevitable. Sophia Loren, for example, remains beautiful and fit (at least the last time I saw a photo of her). She doesn't look like she's 25 anymore, but she also isn't overweight. I guess it's apples to oranges. My mom looks fantastic - she's 68. She doesn't have the body she had at 25, but she certainly is fit and not overweight.
Well, the question was weight gain
, not overweightness. It's possible to be in the underweight or normal weight category, gain weight, and not become overweight even though you're larger than you once were. And no, it's not "inevitable" and perhaps we shouldn't use an absolute term, but it's very common, pretty normal, and difficult
to avoid though not impossible.
And I do think it's almost inevitable that there will be changes in weight distribution
and changes in how much work it takes to maintain a certain weight. You say in your own post that Loren's and your mother's bodies have changed
. Just because they're not in the overweight category doesn't mean they look exactly the same as they did. It's also almost inevitable that our skin will change, and other things. Again, like weight, there are factors that can affect how much
one's skin will change, like tanning, but it's impossible to stave off aging completely unless we all become vampires.