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The book's title, Appears Younger Than Stated Age is actually a phrase of art - a kind of short-hand - from the medical world. As a practicing physician, James has encountered the phrase on the medical charts that inform a doctor's overall assessment of a patient being treated. It's a good thing, he points out, to not look as old as you "are."
The message of the book is pretty simple - don t do things that will make you age before your time. And DO do things that will enhance not only your outward appearance, but will also increase your physical well-being. The idea here is that inwardly healthy people will generally look that way - their underlying excellent physical condition will be mirrored in their outward appearance.
The book cites numerous plainly spoken examples of Do's and Don'ts. On the Don ' list - smoking, drinking alcohol, sedentary life-style, fast food, and excessive consumption of calorie-dense foods (laced with fat, sugar, salt etc.). On the Do list - exercise at least an hour a day, stay mentally active, eat at home more than you go out and - perhaps Jim's most heart-felt dictum - do not allow yourself to get or remain obese.
As I explained to Jim when we first talked about this book, I am a practicing Christian Scientist. As such, I felt that I would have a fundamentally different approach to the subject matter - but I was pleased to find that there were so many aspects of Jim's message on which I could find common ground. In her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, has this to say:
Christian Science commands man to master the propensities, - to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty. Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success. (p 405:5-11)
Surely, when we master the propensities we are taking a firm stand in our consciousness against the claim that we might be powerless to say "No" to too many sweets. We are taking a stand for our ability to choose to rise ninety minutes early to get in a good hour of exercise at the Spin Studio. And we are claiming as our own, the right to look as good outwardly as our comprehension of our true inner beauty and expression of health - both concepts, ideas of the divine Mind - will dictate.
Said another way - it doesn't matter if you jog 10 miles a day and eat only tofu - if you don t take a firm mental stance against the claims of old age and too much consumption that are constantly bombarding us via the broadcast media, you won't experience the full benefit of your efforts. As Jim puts it - in chapter 21 "If you really want to appear younger than your stated age, you must not only be physically fit but must also have a sharp mind and a good mental attitude." "Appears Younger Than Stated Age" is a well-stated, thoroughly researched and compelling exposition of the basics - what you should do, starting Today - to lose weight and avoid the unpleasant consequences of physical (as contrasted with chronological) aging. --Will Heining
Librarian, Christian Science Reading Room
Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Hardeman provides factual information for losing weight or just maintaining your weight. Exercise and eat well but count calories.Published 24 months ago by ken crowder
Good book that is an easy read and has a practical approach. Good job Dr. Hardeman. Glad you didn't become a rock star! Gail Gonzalez, RNPublished on November 9, 2013 by gail gonzalez
From the great reviews, I was expecting a lot more from this book. It has good information but there really isn't anything new in it. In my opinion, it's just o.k.Published on April 19, 2013 by Eleanor M. Berry
I appreciated the information in this book and know author is sincere in his recommendations, but I think one can age gracefully without becoming a vegan. Glad it works for him.Published on February 18, 2013 by J. S. Bandich
This is a very well written, practical guide to lifelong health. The guidelines are clearly defined, no gimmicks or false promises.
As a social worker, I see many older persons regret years of neglect and abuse of their bodies only to find it is too late to make any lasting changes. Start now and live well. Dr. Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Lisa Woolery
Okay, finally a realistic approach to wieght control and a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Hardeman's book defines the simple and honest ways to accomplish control over your life, although... Read morePublished on January 21, 2013 by jonny x
Dr. Hardeman's well written book on adopting a healthy lifestyle is simple and to the point. It dispels many of the myths that are so prevalent in this media-hyped world. Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by Susan Burger