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I've lost nearly 100lbs (250-160ish) over the past ~13 years simply by being more aware of what I was putting into my body and gradually consuming less. I wasn't really taught that excess caloric intake = increased body fat when I was a kid and I guess no kid really should. Parents need to be taught so that they can be that health-buffer.
Over the past few years I've been incorporating more exercise and I intend to start a bit of weight-lifting before I hit that age peak where performance drops off. I figure it's an investment into my body that will pay off in me being more mobile should I make it to old age. I've elders in my family that have different levels of fitness at around the same age (say, 60s-70s) and the gap in quality of life is astounding. I do NOT want to be feeble or immobile in my late 60s-early 70s.
Naturally, I'm also self-conscious/narcissistic and want to work myself to a good 'bod' while I still can. Sure, societal pressures drive this a bit, but I don't think it's harmful to my sense of self-worth. Basking in the glory of a six-pack would just be the icing on the cake of my being.
ya, sure. a lil knowledge never hurt anyone.
(well-tread) Sci-fi forecasting: the next iteration of "staying on" will move beyond biological bodies. Hmm...would people who choose not to digitize themselves and remain "on" indefinitely be akin to those with debilitating illnesses choosing assisted suicide?
I'm not knocking the research. Just pondering "limit->infinity" longevity (in a probably non-novel way).
i'm not sure the implications of this, but i can't remember the last time i've taken antibiotics. and considering the prospect of SUPERBACTERIA, i'll probably avoid when able.
quality of life = continuation of life? or, are we to feel full of vigor up until the moment of death? (although, i suppose that is already the case for some unlucky people). otherwise, there's bound to be a gradual decline. is this technology going to lengthen that gradation (vigor->decline->decline->disease->stemCells->vigor->decline->etc->death), or effectively accelerate it (vigor->death).
or, if we cure the common illnesses that we encounter later in life, then what is it that'll kill us? i guess our quest to cure "common illnesses that we encounter later in life" has enabled our current longevity, but how much more can we eek out?
(not to mention the sociological implications of paying for longevity, which i suppose is something that's been a factor since wealth)
sorry, i'm mostly thinking out-loud here. i'm sure smarter people have thought out responses to these questions related to life-extension already.
There's a certain arrogance in wanting to live forever. Give up your space, let the next wave happen. :-)