Why do people get thicker waist as they age? Is that unavoideable?

I see that virtually everyone gains a few inches in their midsecton with age. Even if they exersise, even if they are pretty thin overall. The only people that I observe to have the same waist size are ballerinas who change from beatufully thin at young age to . ummm.. bony at old age. Why do we all have to get thicker? Is that unavoideable?
Answers:    As we age, our metabolism slows down significantly. Also, we gain bad habits (convenience foods, alcohol, lack of activity, etc.).

Also, things on our bodies get "looser:" muscle (mainly abs and arms), skin (hands, feet and chin), etc.

We have to lift more weights and do more cardio than we did when we were in our 20s.

Sucks, huh?

But think of it this way: we are normal and healthy. That's more than a lot of people can say!
Hormones change and this affects where weight is gained. Also metabolism slows down due to depletion of muscle mass and makes it easier to gain excess flab.

HTH : )
Yes it's avoidable. When toxins come into our bodies they collect around the organs and then the fat cells collect around the toxins to protect the organs. So the older you get the more you have been exposed to toxins. No amount of diet or exercise is going to get rid of those fat cells because they are doing their job of protecting the organs. After I hit 35 I kept gaining and couldn't get it off no matter what I did. Then I lost 11 pounds and almost 14" in 9 days and have kept it off for almost a year plus 5 more pounds. My friend lost 65 pounds in 4 1/2 months. We used www.greatfit.isagenix.com. My other friends that have used this tell me that they tried all kinds of diets that didn't work for them - and then this helped them lose the weight and inches they wanted to lose. Hope that helps.

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