New York Plastic Surgeon’s Viral TikTok Video Warns Exercise He Says Causes Premature Aging
A New York City plastic surgeon has taken to social media to warn his followers that long-distance running speeds up aging.
In a viral TikTok video, Dr Gerald Imber said the high-impact nature of running could negatively contribute to a runner’s skin condition.
“Have you ever seen a long distance runner who didn’t have a skinny old face?” He asked. “That’s what happens to people who run.”
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Imber explained that marathon running also puts stress on the body, “Your knees go, your ankles go, your back goes.”
“It’s a bit stupid,” he added.
The 82-year-old surgeon with a private plastic surgery practice in Manhattan admitted that “half my patients love me for it, and half my patients hate me for it.”
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Despite the doctor’s controversial opinion on running, he reiterated that there was nothing wrong with running once in a while.
“It’s perfectly fine to run a little every day or run a few miles a few times a week, it’s great.” Imber said. “But low or no impact is the best way to exercise.”
The viral video, which has 2.4 million views, has sparked debate among runners and non-runners around the world.
“Personal trainer here,” one commenter wrote in agreement. “I completely agree with you.”
“That,” a woman commented. “44 years old with two hip prostheses. Before, I ran 10 kilometers a day.”
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Others disagreed, writing: “Running keeps me sane and sober.”
“I love running. It’s therapeutic for me and I feel amazing after a good run.” a commenter wrote. “I’m addicted to the runner’s high. Guess I’ll look old but feel great!”
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