Aged 47 and with aches all over? You've hit middle age! Study finds tell-tale signs of ageing


Aged 47 and with aches all over? You’ve hit middle age! Feeling stiff, getting a belly and not knowing what songs are in the charts are tell-tale signs of ageing, study finds

  • A study of 2,000 adults has found the tell-tale signs of becoming middle aged
  • These included feeling stiff all over, getting a belly, and not knowing chart songs
  • Others included groaning when you bend down, thinking policemen and doctors look ‘really young’ and uttering ‘it wasn’t like that when I was young’ 
  • The survey also revealed that men think they reach the milestone later than women as they believed it starts at 48 compared with 45 for females 

Britons don’t consider themselves to be middle-aged until they are nearly 47, a survey has found.

According to a study of 2,000 adults, the tell-tale signs were feeling stiff all over, getting a belly and not knowing what songs were in the charts.

Other indicators included groaning when you bend down, thinking policemen and doctors look ‘really young’ and uttering ‘it wasn’t like that when I was young’.

According to a study of 2,000 adults, the tell-tale signs were feeling stiff all over, getting a belly and not knowing what songs were in the charts

According to a study of 2,000 adults, the tell-tale signs were feeling stiff all over, getting a belly and not knowing what songs were in the charts

The survey also revealed that men think they reach the milestone later than women as they believed it starts at 48 compared with 45 for females.

It also found that over half said middle-age begins later than it did for previous generations. 

And one in ten adults in the age bracket said they are ‘too young’ to worry about heart attacks or strokes.

Dr Meg Arroll, of retailer Healthspan which commissioned the study, said: ‘The findings show a positive picture. 

For example, those who had reached middle-age reported it wasn’t as bad as they had feared. 

This research supports the notion that age, specifically middle-age, is a state of mind rather than a number.’ 

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