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/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,083 -20 0.97%
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/quotes/zigman/33772884/delayed 1,189 -9 0.74%
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/quotes/zigman/2260836/delayed 28.36 -1.33 4.48%
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/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 5,632 -57 1.00%
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/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 8,879 -100 1.11%
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Is Retirement Making You Fat?

If your jeans don’t button quite as easily as they used to and your shirts feel extra snug these days, you’re not alone: Thousands of older folks struggle with weight gain when they retire.  So, is retirement making you fat?

At a time when out-of-pocket medical costs have been steadily rising for seniors, it’s a question that’s just as important to financial well-being as to physical health. And it’s possible that retirement is connected to adding extra pounds, according to several recent studies.

A study from the Institute for Health Policy Studies titled “The Effect of Retirement on Weight,” for example, studied a group of almost 38,000 retirees and concluded that retirement is connected to “modest weight gain.” The study focused on “body mass index,” or BMI, which is calculated by dividing a person’s weight by his or her height. The researchers found that the average person added .24 to their body mass index upon retirement.

That’s not a huge amount — typically 2 to 4 pounds. But other research suggested that some subgroups of retirees were more vulnerable. In a separate study, women who retired were more likely to gain weight than their same-age working counterparts. A third study found that men who retired from physically demanding jobs were more likely than others to gain weight within six years.

So what’s the explanation for these extra pounds? Some of the weight gain may be due to the fact that many people are less physically active when they retire, and that they have less structured meal times or change their eating patterns in retirement, according to a study from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. And some of it has less to do with retirement per se than with the aging process. Our metabolisms slow as we age, explains Desmond Ebanks, a doctor and founder of Alternity Healthcare, a medical practice that focuses on older patients. In fact, “we have to give up about 5% of the amount of calories we are eating every decade after 40 if we want to prevent weight gain,” estimates fitness and lifestyle coach Rona Lewis, author of “Does This Cookbook Make Me Look Fat?”

This weight gain can do more than just impact your body image — it can cost you, big.  “There is no question that being obese or overweight is more costly than being of normal weight,” write the authors of “A Heavy Burden: The Individual Costs of Being Overweight and Obese in the United States,” a 2010 study from researchers at George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services. In fact, the study showed that each year, morbidly obese people pay $2,845 more in medical costs than their normal-weight counterparts; severely obese, $1,566; moderately obese, $807; and overweight, $346.

The good news: “Weight gain does not have to be a part of retirement,” says Carmella Sebastian, a doctor and the senior medical director of clinical client solutions for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida. Here are five things you can do to keep yourself slim and trim — and potentially save money.

Eat better.  It sounds like a no-brainer, of course, but it’s particularly important for retirees — some of whom begin to eat out more or snack out of boredom, leading to weight gain, says registered dietician Lisa Hugh, who specializes in nutrition therapy. Ebanks recommends that retirees try to stay away from many packaged foods; avoid excess refined carbs (think white flour, sweetened drinks, and any form of table sugar); eat more fruits, veggies and whole grains; and make sure they get adequate protein.

Exercise more. Exercise is important to losing weight, but seniors need to do more than just cardio. “Muscle is more efficient, so weight-lifting — even small weights — will increase muscle mass and hence, your metabolism,” Hugh says.

Get enough sleep. “Inadequate sleep can lead to weight gain,” says Ebanks, who recommends trying to get seven to nine hours of sleep a night.

Manage stress. Retirement often comes with a lot of changes, and these can cause stress – which in turn can mean weight gain due to “stress eating” and hormonal changes associated with stress. Effective stress-management techniques include exercise and meditation, experts say.

Get your blood work done. Sometimes, something more serious than a lifestyle change can be causing the extra pounds.  “Get your blood work checked and in particular, your thyroid function,” says Sebastian. The thyroid has an impact on metabolism, she explains, so a malfunctioning gland can lead to weight gain — a problem you could address with a thyroid supplement.

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  • Encore examines the changing nature of retirement, from new rules and guidelines for financial security to the shifting identities and priorities of today’s retirees. The blog also explores news that affects retirement, from the Wall Street Journal Digital Network and around the web. Lead bloggers are reporter Catey Hill and senior editor Jeremy Olshan. Other contributors include The Wall Street Journal’s retirement columnists Glenn Ruffenach and Anne Tergesen; the Director for the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, Alicia Munnell; and the Director of Research for Pinnacle Advisory Group, Michael Kitces, CFP.

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U.S. stocks end flat as oil continues to slide
Apple CEO Cook’s deleted Super Bowl tweet
Google CEO Pichai gets $199 million in stock
How to get a free Chipotle burrito
What to expect from Whole Foods earnings
Sears warns on sales, to speed up closures

What to know before buying Beyoncé tickets

S.F. real estate looks like it did before dot-com crash
Every major city in the world, in one cheeky map
Boston Globe susses out San Francisco, c. 2016

How to get mortgage approved: hope for sunny day

Can oil get so cheap that it won’t pay to extract it?
Oil sinks under $29 as EIA lowers price outlook
Barron’s Buzz: How low can the price of oil go?

Americans quitting their jobs hit a nine-year high
NFIB survey hints wage gains are fleeting
Job openings are second highest on record

99 Cent Gas May Be on Its Way
99-cents-a-gallon gas may be on its way: 24/7 Wall St.

Is the gold rally the real deal or ‘fool’s gold’?
Teen can keep $20,000 gold bar found in lake
Gold one of Wall Street’s best bets early in 2016
Gold futures stretch win streak to five sessions

Why is everyone freaking out about ‘CoCos’?
Convertible bonds are alluring as stocks fall
 
Deutsche Bank co-CEO says bank is ‘rock solid’
Deutsche may buy back billions in debt: FT
Why the selloff in European banks is ominous

This stock market has been Europe’s best in 2016

Strategists are arguing that stocks need a true purge

A strand of Lennon’s hair is selling for $12,000

These charts detail S&P 500’s precarious posture
Michael Brush: Stock-market stars are aligned
Double-digit market decline in an election year?

White House forecasts decade-best economic growth
Obama proposes $4.1 trillion federal budget

Five questions that Janet Yellen must answer
Yellen may say goal is not to slow the economy
Fed: Too white, too male, too many bankers?
Expansion won’t die of old age: S.F. Fed study

Facebook, Amazon are the keys to tapping this market
French regulator threatens to fine Facebook
India bans Facebook’s free Internet service


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S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,852 -1 0.07%
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/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,083 -20 0.97%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/33772884/delayed 1,189 -9 0.76%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2260836/delayed 28.36 -1.33 4.48%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 5,632 -57 1.00%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 8,879 -100 1.11%
CAC 40
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/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,763 -18 0.63%
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Student 13.42% 13.42% 13.14%
Balance Transfer 14.35% 14.30% 14.12%
Airline 15.17% 15.16% 15.10%
Cash Back 15.26% 15.23% 15.27%
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