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Mar 13, 2009 10:56 AM

Age and Food

I get the feeling that most of the posters on Chowhound are middle-aged to seniors. Yes I know there are youngsters out there too and I read a post by a person in high school the other day. but that is not what i want to talk about.

DH and I went out for dinner last night and we were simply overwhelmed by the amount of food we were served. We could easily have split the salad and main course. I just cannot eat the way I did 20 years ago or maybe even 10 years ago. I still love food and cooking as does my DH but when confronted with a large serving, my appetite seems to vanish. How about the rest of you? Can you still chow down with abandon or has your appetite become somewhat diminished with time?

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  1. Not my appetite, unfortunately. But my good sense and self control has intermittently improved.

    1. It's a rare day that I ever leave anything on my plate at a restaurant! I'm 68 and retired. Admittedly, I can't put it away like I could when I was working, but I'm still a good eater. I'm a little overweight (185 @ 5' 10"). Luckily, I don't have a sweet tooth, so no dessert for me.

      1. Good topic; and I agree that, overall, my appetite has decreased in middle-age.

        Until I turned 30 I could weigh my plate (five pounds, for example) weight myself, eat the food, weigh myself and there would be no change! The day I turned 30 I could look at that five pounds of food and gain five pounds. Fortunately, since about 45 I don't have as much of an appetite as before. I've stayed at about 154 lbs for a long, long time (helped by heavy workouts six days a week). My appetite does increase when Im travelling and not working out and when the food is good (as in Laos, Mexico, and elsewhere).

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        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

          You are right. I do tend to indulge in more when away from home. A couple of years ago my DH had a meeting in Austin, TX. We drove down and then ate our way across the south and home. On our first day out we had 2 lunches at different BBQ places and we knew we would not have the opportunity in the near future to try either out again.

        2. Only recently have I had that problem with an overloaded plate - I just lose my appetite.
          In restaurants I ask for a go-box immediately and put a lot of it in there, then I'm comfortable to eat the rest. At home, even when I have seconds, I like smaller servings.
          I guess I eat less than I used to (always 5'5 and 115 until mid-thirties!!), but I can not abide a full, full dish!

          1. As with my grandmother and father, mother and father and even myself. Yes, I eat less. We aren't growing anymore.

            Actually, we cut back more to be healthy and maybe for health reasons, we are NOT as active, but that doesn't mean we aren't, just not the same level. Our metabolism has changed. Therefore appetites have changed. Sort of a normal progression. Our body doesn't need as much to "function" I have ready many articles and lots of discussions. but mostly they come down to these basic factors. They all very however. I seem to require more veggies now. My body craves them. As your body gets older it uses our nutrients stored. Your body naturally tells us what is missing. Me Iron...I always had HIGH iron, always ate greens, but during my divorce, job layoff and loosing my home and moving my iron plumitted. I still took vitamins and ate well, but stress can have wierd affects. My Iron was depleted and I loss about 1/3 of my hair as a side affect. My hair has grown back, my iron still very low, still under some stress. But it was my bodies way of dealing with the stress. I also noticed my appetite decreased. I still ate healthy but not as much. There are many many factors that equate in decreased appetite, health, daily life, lots of things.

            But overall I did read that most people over the age of 50+ start to feel some degree of a "lesser appetite." But it is very dependent on other factors.