Aging in U.S. Presidents


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In light of this year's Presidential election, I figured connecting science with it may seem like an interesting idea. Many people have heard the myth, while in office U.S. Presidents tend to age a lot faster than the normal every day human being. Some say it has to do with stress that the entire country's well-being is on their shoulders. Others may just brush it off saying it's not really true because there is a point in everyones life where age can take a toll on someone. To silence some of the "nay-sayers" there is some truth, backed up by scientific research to the aging process in Presidents. According to a CNN article, Dr. Michael Roizen claims Presidents do age twice as fast while in office.age2.jpg


 "The main cause is what we call unrequited stress -- they don't have enough friends to migrate the stress" Dr. Roizen states. With the Presidency, some often lose certain friends in result of their certain policies or moves they have had to make to gain the office. According to an ABC News article, it seems that the last 5 Presidents we have had, all aged twice as much while in office. In the article it claims, George W. Bush and President Barack Obama kept a strong exercise regime, but yet still aged twice as much as the average person would due to their stress levels. Whether you are a believer of the vast aging process of Presidents or not you have to give them he credit they deserve to help lead our country to what we are today. To all you "nay-sayers" out there, science can back up the aging process of the so called myth. Keep in mind during Election Day, when deciding to vote for either President Obama or Governor Romney, don't judge their looks just keep in mind there policies. Once the winner takes office, let the aging process begin!

Sources:

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/story?id=6883928&page=1#.UIBXPDnU7zJ
http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/08/04/presidents.aging/index.html

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This is an interesting blog that I never thought about. Obama has seemed to age very quickly in just four years. This will be very interesting if Romney wins, because I think Mitt looks amazing for being 66 years old! If he wins, will he look like he is 70 when his term is complete? Or 74 like these studies have concluded. Besides the stress, this source (see below) claims that smoking is not helping Obama's againg issue either.

Source: http://www.rightpundits.com/?p=8901

I agree with your thoughts. I think being president of the united states definitely causes aging. I looked up some factors of aging and they were mostly environmental causes- including where we work and live. This would definitely support the idea that working in the white house causes aging to speed up. Each os us age differently, and why we age is still a mystery. We don't know exactly why but we do know some agents. The high level of stress that presidents face must cause them to age significantly.

I have actually never heard of the idea that presidents age twice as fast when in office, but from what you said, it does make sense. according to this site there are even more contributors to increased aging other than just stress. Stress however, would, I believe, be the most prevalent among US presidents. There are seven predictors to quickening aging; sadness, evil vices such as drinking or smoking, poor environment, poor food choices, unhealthy weight and as previously mentioned, stress. Since most of these predictors are not going to be of concern to the President of the United States, such as eating healthy and living in a healthy environment, the amount of stress our presidents endure must be incredibly massive to cause such an increase in their aging.

I have actually never heard of the idea that presidents age twice as fast when in office, but from what you said, it does make sense. according to this site there are even more contributors to increased aging other than just stress. Stress however, would, I believe, be the most prevalent among US presidents. There are seven predictors to quickening aging; sadness, evil vices such as drinking or smoking, poor environment, poor food choices, unhealthy weight and as previously mentioned, stress. Since most of these predictors are not going to be of concern to the President of the United States, such as eating healthy and living in a healthy environment, the amount of stress our presidents endure must be incredibly massive to cause such an increase in their aging.

Its very strange how all of this happens. My dad, was the mayor of my town back home a few years ago. Obviously there is no where the amount of pressure that the president has, but during his two year term he went much "grayer". After his term was up, he explained his time is office as the most amount of stress that he has ever had. Having people contradict every move made put a tremendous tole on his body. I completely agree with your topic and argument that the stress causes the presidents to grey. I could only imagine the tole the 4 or 8 years takes on their body.

This was a great idea to discuss with the election being right around the corner and I don't know if it is because I can officially vote and have been paying attention more or what, but it seems that this election is highly publicized with opinions on the candidates coming from anywhere and anyone. After seeing the picture of former President George W. Bush, I decided to see if I could find a timeline of looks on President Obama. I found a blog posting from a CNN writer that has a picture of the President from 2004, 2008 and 2012, which can be found here. Personally I don't see a huge change in President Obama, maybe a little more gray and a few more wrinkles, but like you said, presidents have to deal with a lot. This blogger from CNN had a sit down with President Obama and the President said, "some old friends who I have been seeing around here, have reminded me that when I was a young senator traveling through Iowa that I looked a little younger than I do now.” Obviously, George W. Bush and Obama have had to deal with some serious issues, which can probably cause higher stress levels, and like you said, their job does not end at 5pm like normal employment. I do think that Presidents age more rapidly in office than another individual working a relatively "normal job", but it would be interesting to see other Presidents aging in office and if specific events caused them to age even more than others. Bush had to handle 9-11, while Obama has dealt with economy issues and the capture of Osama Bin Laden. Do you think certain events in our history cause ageing in Presidents even more than Presidents who do not have to deal with such events?

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