Oct 14

Longevity - only a risk for some!

Posted by Peter Marmara-Stewart at Monday, October 14, 2019

Have you heard of longevity risk? It’s the risk of outliving your savings. With the current life expectancy at over 80 years of age, and rising, it’s becoming a real concern.

However, just as important as having enough money in your retirement, is having the health and well-being to enjoy it. With nearly two-thirds of Australia adults overweight or obese, this epidemic is not only impacting mortality rates, but providing a burden on both the quantity and quality of life.

A report by consulting firm PwC estimates that by 2025, the cumulative economic costs of obesity will reach $87.7 billion.

One size won’t fit all

For many, it seems like common sense to tell people to eat a balanced diet and exercise more. However, that ‘common sense’ approach is clearly not working.

Weight is complex – influenced by the interplay between a person’s genes and lifestyle factors. Therefore, the strategies taken to alleviate the obesity burden need to take these factors into account, along with the age group being targeted and their socio-economic circumstances.

While it can seem overwhelming, there are some simple steps to help prevent or reverse obesity:

•   keep a record of what you eat and drink. Review it to see what you could cut out, and what you may need to include;
•   try to get more physical activity on a daily basis; and
•   talk to your local GP about what approach may be best for you.

Most of all, if you are wanting to lose weight – stay positive. Even a small reduction in excess weight can have major health benefits, contributing to a healthy, active retirement.