One of my oldest friends moved to San Diego a few months ago. He casually slipped into a recent bit of correspondence that he was going to the gym and I nearly passed a kitten. “America has changed him” I thought sadly.
But no, if you read his post about going to the gym, it becomes clear that his motivation is eating more.
At the World Congress of the International Association of Gerontology (Cape Town, 2003) a keynote speaker presented what a human body evolved to live to advanced age would look like. I can’t find it so I’ll have to describe it. It was mostly about avoiding the effects of gravity. The arms were long enough for our knuckles to take some of the weight off our knees, relieve our spines and stabilise us. Consequently, our necks projected at an angle and our back legs were like the back legs of a four-legged mammal i.e. no knees, bending in the other direction. There were more details but I forget. Absolutely fascinating. I would love to see that picture again.