MANY South Africans are obese and in danger of premature ageing, say medical specialists. Many are also "skinny fat" — not outwardly big but inwardly nutrition deficient and also ageing prematurely.The US authors of Young for Life, The Easy No-Diet, No-Sweat Plan to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger (Rodale), both staunch vegans for decades, were among the prematurely aged "skinny fat" population.After witnessing some of the most challenging symptoms of this accelerated decline, Marilyn Diamond, author of the New York Times bestseller Fit for Life, and Dr Donald Schnell say they have transformed their health through a radical lifestyle change to reverse ageing that most people over 40 will find easy and intuitive.Their book begins with the premise that as a day-to-day choice, you’re either building yourself up or tearing yourself down. In science, building up is known as anabolism, and tearing down is known as catabolism. They say the knowledge of how to support anabolism, while avoidi...

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