Besides watching the weight of your RV and making sure you don't exceed the gross vehicle weigh rating, there is good reason to watch your own weight.
In a study of 38,000 people, the Institute for Health Policy Studies found that "the average person added .24 to their body mass index upon retirement." This translates to two to four pounds. While that isn't a whole lot, women tend to gain more as do men who were physically active in their careers.
Where weight gain can cost you is in health care. People are having to pay more out-of-pocket expenses. A MarketWatch.com article cited another study by George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services. "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."
Rona Lewis, author of Does This Cookbook Make Me Look Fat?, also cited in the article, suggests that as we age we need to eat less. Each decade after 40 we should eat 5 percent less calories or we'll gain. Bummer!
Some RVers lead a very active lifestyle, biking, hiking, swimming or using a WII. It is easy, though, to forgo exercise on travel days and munch in the vehicle. Or you may stay at a park that is not conducive to walking or you're too tired.Those days it is easy for calorie intake to exceed output. Too many days like that add to the belt line.
So, save your health and your pocketbook by being conscious of what you eat and how much exercise you get. On RV travel days, eat less. Remember that some calories - and food choices - are better than others, but that's a whole other post. Your choices will, however, affect how long you can live the RV lifestyle and the quality of your RV life. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak.