Time to stop mak­ing age old ex­cuses

The People - - LIFESTYLE -

VOL­UN­TEERS for BBC1’s doc­u­men­tary How To Stay Young were con­fronted with their body’s life­style age, as op­posed to their ac­tual age, and the re­sults were truly shock­ing.

So be­gan a fas­ci­nat­ing ex­per­i­ment to see if they could undo years of poor diet and lack of ex­er­cise to re­set their life clock in just 12 weeks.

It was an un­ex­pect­edly emo­tional jour­ney for fit­look­ing Patrick, 51, a self­con­fessed junk food ad­dict.

Mor­ti­fied his life­style age was 73, he vowed to make im­prove­ments. Can­cer sur­vivor Jennifer, 47, is now a chronic in­som­niac.

She was equally stunned to find her life­style age was 71 af­ter be­ing as­sessed in the space-age “Bod Pod”.

The quest to change their health for­tunes of­fers lessons for us all.

My only is­sue? Why get age-de­fy­ing 70-some­thing An­gela Rip­pon to front the show? Her head­mistressy pre­sen­ta­tion style smacked of smug­ness – I’ve never warmed to her be­cause she al­ways seems so pa­tro­n­is­ing. SO good she gets two men­tions in the col­umn this week. Cur­rently mes­meris­ing us with her por­trayal of rape ac­cuser Laura Neil­son in the new drama Liar, it’s easy to for­get that Joanne Frog­gatt cut her act­ing teeth on the cob­bled streets of Cor­rie play­ing trou­bled teen Zoe Tat­ter­sall back in 1997. Since then she’s be­come the na­tion’s dar­lin­gar­ling in as saintly lady’s maid Anna Bat­ess has Down­ton Abbey. Now Hol­ly­woodd in come call­ing and she is ap­pear­ingng movies like A Street Cat Named Bob. a Ta­lented Joanne’s cer­tainly comeome long way from Weather­field.

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