Diana Moran, 80, pictured, said she fears millennials are focused on being slender rather than being fit and active
Breakfast TV’s Green Goddess claims young women are putting their bones at risk by pursuing an ideal of thinness.
Diana Moran, 80, said she fears millennials are focused on being slender rather than being fit and active, which can put them at risk of developing osteoporosis – also known as ‘brittle bone disease’ – later in life.
‘I think that the young generation is thinking thin,’ the fitness guru told the Daily Telegraph.
‘And that isn’t a healthy figure.’
Diana, who was the UK’s answer to Jane Fonda, added it will be ‘interesting’ to see how very slender stars like Victoria Beckham, 45, age.
Around 3.5million people in the country live with osteoporosis but it is far more common in women, particularly around the time of the menopause.
More than one in five women over 50 have osteoporosis, compared with almost 7 per cent of men. Half of women over 50 will break a bone because of the condition.
Bone strength is partly maintained from natural weight bearing while walking and leading an active lifestyle.
Diana, who was the UK’s answer to Jane Fonda, burst onto breakfast TV as the Green Goddess, pictured in a 1995 image. She has issued warnings over bone health
Diana explained that when we move and exercise, the muscles pull on the bones.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. It develops slowly over several years and is often only diagnosed when a minor fall or sudden impact causes a bone fracture.
The most common injuries in people with osteoporosis are:
- wrist fractures
- hip fractures
- fractures of the spinal bones (vertebrae)
She continued: ‘And when the muscles pull on the bones there’s a reaction and the bones say, “We’ve got to get stronger. Have we got the calcium? Have we got the vitamin D?”‘
If you carry a little more weight then you put more stress and strain on your bones and muscles. This leads to stronger bones.
However too much excercise can also prove problematic.
Diana, Health editor for The Lady, addresses osteoporosis and its surrounding issues in her book, Beating Osteoporosis, published in association with the Royal Osteoporosis Society.
Speaking to the Daily Mail this week, the mother-of-two, who was 43 when she started her morning segment on BBC Breakfast Time, says her secret to staying limber is to start every day with 15 minutes of stretches.
Diana, who was the UK’s answer to Jane Fonda, added it will be ‘interesting’ to see how very slender stars like Victoria Beckham, 45, age. Pictured, Beckham in December last year
She also rides an electric bike and completed a triathlon last year without turning the battery on.
And despite her age-defying appearance, Mrs Moran said she has never gone under the knife for cosmetic reasons.
‘This business of young girls who have all this cosmetic stuff, honestly, what are they going to be like when they are older?’ she said.