Silver Surgeries: Over-50s under pressure to look good as 230,000 baby boomers go under the knife for cosmetic ops
One quarter of people over 50 in the UK have opted for a nip and tuck to keep them youthful.
The Sun reports that one quarter of baby boomers are opting for cosmetic procedures to keep them youthful after they hit the age of 50, new research suggests. Around 230,000 people aged over 50 in the UK have opted for a nip, tuck or other procedure, researchers found. The trend is put down to increasing pressure to look good. But it isn’t all bad news as soon as you turn the big five-zero. Many people who have hit the half a century mark say they feel ten years younger mentally and four years younger physically, the research found.
Six out of ten of the 50,000 people who took part in the SunLife Big 50 study said they were enjoying life more than ever before, while more than three quarters said they no longer worry what other people thought of them. Ian Atkinson, from insurance company SunLife, said: “While some over 50s are feeling the pressure to stay young, most don’t actually care what other people think and are happy just living their lives to the full.
“This includes making more of an effort to eat well and exercise more regularly than they did when they were younger which suggests that far from feeling ‘over the hill’, people aged 50 and over are making sure they are fitter than ever so they are free to do what they want to do.”
“Some people still believe that turning 50 is something to worry about, that life slows down after that – but after conducting the UK’s biggest-ever study with 50,000 people over 50 we know that’s not the case at all: for many, life after 50 is the best time of their lives.”
The study, which was commissioned to launch SunLife’s Welcome to Life After 50 campaign, also found most of those who took part had changed their lifestyle since turning 50 by quitting smoking, eating more healthily and exercising more frequently. Six out of ten said they began taking more notice of what they were eating while 46 per cent have started exercising more. One fifth said they had cut down on drinking since turning 50 and one in seven had stopped smoking.
(Article source: The Sun)