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Average age of people who eat paleo?

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Created August 18, 2011 at 9:49 PM

I have been in a discussion with friends trying to figure out what is the most common age group of people that eat paleo? I myself am 22yrs old and I try to eat as clean as possible when I am in the US and able to I eat about 90/10 paleo. But since I have been in Afghanistan for the last 8months only 4 left..I try to eat clean for being out here but sometimes I am too hungry and need to eat the cookies and chips I get from back home..Any information and input would be great thanks again..

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on August 22, 2011
at 07:34 AM

Thanks! I still have a long way to go, but it is an exciting journey and I am looking forward to every step. :)

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on August 19, 2011
at 10:55 PM

Congrats on the weight loss and new lease on life!

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on August 19, 2011
at 10:15 PM

Yes, I believe she is vegan. I'm sure she believes she's going to save him by getting him on a vegan lifestyle.

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on August 19, 2011
at 09:07 PM

Thanx I'm proud of myself

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

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on August 19, 2011
at 06:08 PM

His daughter is vegan right? I suppose he has her making comments all the time. Family is a powerful influence.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

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on August 19, 2011
at 06:07 PM

Great job, getting off meds is important!

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on August 19, 2011
at 01:57 PM

me too!! I'm 25 and I just started earlier this year! I couldnt imagine life without it now. I'm telling my fiance that our future children will be paleo in the womb, and in life. I already plan on making all baby food from scratch!

3fe2bf1367970868757ddf7ed7c62531

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on August 19, 2011
at 06:20 AM

me too! soon 24 though. (also the bf is eating mostly paleo - though he does not really thing he is - he's 25)

3fe2bf1367970868757ddf7ed7c62531

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on August 19, 2011
at 06:19 AM

congratulations on the loss

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on August 19, 2011
at 04:51 AM

There is a difference though in median/average age of paleo people and what percentage of young people care at all about eating healthy. I agree Teddy that participation at AHS may well have been skewed due to obligation and work. Good point.

002d074ab094fefc344bf0d1f36091ec

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on August 19, 2011
at 04:05 AM

Yes, thank you for your service. My husband is also military and facing the same issues you are when it comes to eating clean. I've spent a small fortune mailing paleo friendly snacks to him via care packages to help edge off the urges. Glad you've only got a few months left. He will be home in 4 mos too. Stay safe. :)

C471216c9fb4fcf886b7ac84a4046b49

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on August 19, 2011
at 12:39 AM

same age :) single?? hahaha

C471216c9fb4fcf886b7ac84a4046b49

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on August 19, 2011
at 12:38 AM

same here! i want paleo children! ahaha, at least in the household

C471216c9fb4fcf886b7ac84a4046b49

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on August 19, 2011
at 12:36 AM

military? God bless you for your service

A642b5bc75a36fdce13fbf290f0c85a7

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on August 19, 2011
at 12:10 AM

I agree Justin, most people in my age group think I am nuts to be so selective with my diet. Of course, I would never have dived into the Paleo realm were it not for a dysfunctional digestive tract. Blessing in disguise? Perhaps...

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on August 19, 2011
at 12:08 AM

That is interesting, Shari. Maybe the median age is a little lower than I guessed. Conversely, maybe there were more young people at AHS because they are not as tied up with other obligations?

7e76106be67a16c7048f1810e0671977

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on August 18, 2011
at 11:39 PM

I agree with the older you are more people eat paleo..I also believe that alot of people are age young - mid 20's are to busy eating whatever and partying all the time!

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on August 18, 2011
at 10:45 PM

That so funny to hear you say this. I always assumed the median age to be early to mid 20's so it's interesting to hear your perception. I can tell you that I felt VERY old at AHS. Not the oldest but definitely on the wrong position of the bell curve.

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on August 18, 2011
at 10:40 PM

Way to go Lynn! Congratulations on your remarkable results.

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at 09:50 PM

Check out this thread http://paleohacks.com/questions/29343/how-old-is-everyone-on-paleo-hacks#axzz1VPxFpddC

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34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

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on August 18, 2011
at 10:22 PM

I think there is a range of all ages eating paleo. We've all got different reasons for getting here but I think people change their outlook on a lot of issues many times throughout their lives. Hell I just read today that Bill Clinton has gone vegan and he's like 102 right? =) (he just looks like it cause he's eating vegan)

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on August 19, 2011
at 06:08 PM

His daughter is vegan right? I suppose he has her making comments all the time. Family is a powerful influence.

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on August 19, 2011
at 10:15 PM

Yes, I believe she is vegan. I'm sure she believes she's going to save him by getting him on a vegan lifestyle.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I'm 20 and have been eating Paleo for a year and a half... though based on blogs and forums, it seems that the young twenty-somethings are the minority.
However, this survey was taken a few months ago that provides some info: http://naturallyengineered.com/blog/paleo-community-survey-2011-results-demographic-information/

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on August 18, 2011
at 10:21 PM

I am age 56.. I just learned how to eat PALEO. I wish I would have gotten it at your age! In two months I have gotten off of several meds and lost 22 pounds. Don't ever think that this is not the right way to eat. It is saving my life.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on August 18, 2011
at 10:40 PM

Way to go Lynn! Congratulations on your remarkable results.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

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on August 19, 2011
at 06:07 PM

Great job, getting off meds is important!

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on August 19, 2011
at 11:56 PM

I'm not sure there IS an "age group" that this appeals to. I'm 30. I lent my copy of PB to my Mom and Dad because my mom, after tons of surgeries and other medical crap, had put on 40 pounds. My mom died a few months ago, but the diet was getting her healthier. Dad is still fully involved with Primal and lectures me now! He's also slowly working on his new girlfriend with it. They're both in their 50s. I read lots of blogs and reviews, and I really do see a pretty equal spread, with MAYBE a slightly heavier leaning towards the after-35 crowd -- mostly because people around that age have had time to try CW and see that it doesn't work.

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on August 19, 2011
at 08:35 PM

I'm 42 and started in October of 2010. I had a couple of false starts before that when I tried to follow Cordain's plan. I'm fitter than I have been in many years.

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on August 19, 2011
at 01:34 AM

I am 16, paleo for 16 months.

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on August 19, 2011
at 12:41 AM

I am 25...havent touched processed food/grains in like 7 years. wouldnt consider what i have done 'paleo' the entire time. i was ZC for a while, started off low carb, switched to VLC, then developed common sense and stopped 'trying' to be a certain way and just eating real food and listening to how i feel & react.

oh, and i have GAINED 40lbs in total haha :)

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on August 19, 2011
at 03:30 PM

I'm 46. Has anybody calculated the average yet?

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on August 19, 2011
at 03:08 PM

I'm 20 years old and paleo for a bit more than a year

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on August 19, 2011
at 01:51 PM

I'm 69 and I know there are others in my age group. I started following Kurt Harris in October 2010 and just read his "Getting Started" section again this morning. Eating good fats and protein and limiting fruits, eating a bit of dark chocolate every day, No wheat and adding in some good starches(sweet potatoes, potatoes and white rice )I feel great and gain great pleasure from my lifestyle.

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7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 19, 2011
at 04:42 AM

38 and paleo for 6 months. I know only 1 other person on paleo and she is 42. Sometimes it feels a little like a young crowd on the boards--but that makes me happy in way. All you 20 somethings keep on changing the way we eat and maybe my 4 and 6 year old girls will grow up to a better "real food" world!

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on August 18, 2011
at 11:44 PM

63, and I wish I'd known about this years ago! Much healthier and a good. stable weight. I've been eating this way for 18 months.

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on September 03, 2011
at 05:43 PM

I'm 21 and have been Paleo for 2 months and low carb high fat (WAPF) for about 6 months. It's cool to see so many people between 18 and 25 living this lifestyle. Hopefully a lot of children born in the next decade will be growing up Paleo!!

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on August 20, 2011
at 06:15 PM

I'm 50 and went Paleo on purpose a few months ago. And my sons, 19 and 14, are Paleo by proxy, or at least when they're at home.

I was raised Paleo, before it was called that. We just grew our own veggies, had fruit trees, my great-uncle raised grass-fed beef and sheep and we got some every year. My parents always ate Paleo-like, since they were young. My mom immigrated to CA and married my dad, who came from Greek immigrants, and they all ate Paleo-like.

I didn't eat non-Paleo till I moved away and went to college, which is when I started gaining weight. So I guess I took a 30-year break from Paleo.

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on August 20, 2011
at 03:35 AM

21, eliminated gluten and sugar when I was diagnosed with Crohns at 18. Started with an SCD approach but embraced the food quality focus in the last 9 months. Have converted my boyfriend and my mom... Hoping for worldwide grass fed domination. Mwahaha

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on August 19, 2011
at 09:59 PM

I'm 28 and have been interested in eating paleo for about a year, but have only started to take it seriously.

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on August 19, 2011
at 08:52 PM

29: Started Feb '10. Lost 90lbs in 6 months, and been stable at 140 since.

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on August 19, 2011
at 07:37 PM

29, hard to nail down an exact time frame when I went paleo, I eased into things, probably close to 4 months ago I hit the 90% paleo mark, but only 2 months ago did I start really feeling the negative consequences of going off reservation for a cheat meal.

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on August 19, 2011
at 12:09 PM

husband & i are 28 & 29, paleo for about 3 months.

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on August 19, 2011
at 04:45 AM

I'm 19 and I've been paleo for about 8 months. I've lost a total of 15 pounds, the first 10 coming off quickly when I became strict paleo. I think its something you learn pretty quickly and you maybe stop coming to this site so often because you get your diet dialed in haha. Maybe its just us youngsters looking for more advice, etc.

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on August 19, 2011
at 04:12 AM

I just turned 30 this year, and I wish I had known about paleo in my 20's. It would have saved me a lot of misery. I switched to Paleo for several reasons. Mostly because I just felt miserable. The chipper girl I used to be was gone, and I wasn't about to drug myself up trying to find her again. My daughter is also 3, so I wanted to give her a good foundation to start things out right. We switched to a lot of organic stuff for her, and she eats fairly clean, however I didn't hold myself worthy of these same standards. Now that my husband and I are on board, we're like a new family.

The weight I have lost along the way (down 54 lbs since March!) are all the perks. I also found that girl I had been missing and more. :)

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on August 19, 2011
at 10:55 PM

Congrats on the weight loss and new lease on life!

002d074ab094fefc344bf0d1f36091ec

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on August 22, 2011
at 07:34 AM

Thanks! I still have a long way to go, but it is an exciting journey and I am looking forward to every step. :)

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on August 19, 2011
at 03:19 AM

I started in my later twenties, and am now 37...most people I know who eat similarly to me are in their thirties, but maybe that's just who I hang with ;) My mom is paleo, and she's 56, but I think her diet is uncommon among her friends in her age range.

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183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

on August 19, 2011
at 01:30 AM

28, been Paleo for 2 years. No other friends or acquaintences in my age group watches/are conscious of what they eat. I am the odd one out but don't give a hoot.

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on August 19, 2011
at 12:49 AM

I'm 21, I think our age group is winning...

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on August 19, 2011
at 12:34 AM

25 and started paleo-ish when I was 20.

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on August 19, 2011
at 12:23 AM

I started Paleo at around age 34. Fortunately, I had been eating high protein foods since around age 20 when I first became interested in weight lifting. I never ate enough fruits and vegetables though. I was strict about limiting my saturated fat but used to be much fatter due to dairy intake. I lost weight when I eliminated added, refined sugars. Then I went Paleo and lost even more weight.

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on August 19, 2011
at 12:13 AM

I am 21, and am unsure why I didn't start eating this way sooner. Carbs made me tired and all the more hungry, excessive milk products made me stuffy- I guess I just thought that was normal. My future children definitely will be raised to eat this way.

C471216c9fb4fcf886b7ac84a4046b49

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on August 19, 2011
at 12:38 AM

same here! i want paleo children! ahaha, at least in the household

Ccdf3fbcaec76e025ff94d03cc4daf9a

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on August 19, 2011
at 01:57 PM

me too!! I'm 25 and I just started earlier this year! I couldnt imagine life without it now. I'm telling my fiance that our future children will be paleo in the womb, and in life. I already plan on making all baby food from scratch!

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on August 18, 2011
at 11:48 PM

I'm 46 and have been archevore since 1/1/11. Some metabolic issues definitely going on - insulin resistance maybe as chronic fatigue was ruining me. DH (formerly a chef) not Paleo and 27 yo son w/Chrohn's not going Paleo until Dadeo does.

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on August 18, 2011
at 11:28 PM

I'm 29 and husband is 27. Paleo for 10 months.

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on August 18, 2011
at 11:23 PM

Twenty Five, Started January 2010 at 162 lbs and now down to 150 lbs (actually 152 lbs as of February 2010 and have maintained since). Lower than I was in high school, 154 lbs. I try to stay 80/20, but it is tougher now that finances are getting tighter.

C471216c9fb4fcf886b7ac84a4046b49

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on August 19, 2011
at 12:39 AM

same age :) single?? hahaha

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485bcefe7f1f7a6df1a293a826bf6137

on August 18, 2011
at 11:16 PM

55 and angry that I was lied to for so many years. I've lost weight and feel great, but I just wonder how much better my health would be had I known sooner. I both envy and admire those now eating paleo in their 20s.

1
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on August 18, 2011
at 10:51 PM

Fifty Seven....going strong, yet a lot stronger at the gym since I began the Paleo lifestyle.

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D44c18017e064cc3359acf962b38aba0

on August 18, 2011
at 10:47 PM

I am 21 and have been paleo for about 2 months and I love my results..I started @ 240 to now 204!

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on August 19, 2011
at 06:19 AM

congratulations on the loss

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on August 19, 2011
at 09:07 PM

Thanx I'm proud of myself

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De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

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on August 18, 2011
at 10:20 PM

I'm 21 and have been eating primal for about three months.

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on August 18, 2011
at 10:20 PM

I think a lot of Paleo eaters are older than me (23) largely because a lot of them have been battling with metabolic or other health issues and are using the Paleo diet specifically to improve these conditions. Also, many of the Paleo/Primal books have slightly steered me in the wrong direction because a lot of them are geared towards weight loss, and older aged individuals. There is a decent contingent of young Paleo folk doing Crossfit, though.

Average age, shot in the dark: 40's?

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on August 18, 2011
at 10:45 PM

That so funny to hear you say this. I always assumed the median age to be early to mid 20's so it's interesting to hear your perception. I can tell you that I felt VERY old at AHS. Not the oldest but definitely on the wrong position of the bell curve.

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on August 18, 2011
at 11:39 PM

I agree with the older you are more people eat paleo..I also believe that alot of people are age young - mid 20's are to busy eating whatever and partying all the time!

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on August 19, 2011
at 12:10 AM

I agree Justin, most people in my age group think I am nuts to be so selective with my diet. Of course, I would never have dived into the Paleo realm were it not for a dysfunctional digestive tract. Blessing in disguise? Perhaps...

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on August 19, 2011
at 04:51 AM

There is a difference though in median/average age of paleo people and what percentage of young people care at all about eating healthy. I agree Teddy that participation at AHS may well have been skewed due to obligation and work. Good point.

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on August 19, 2011
at 12:08 AM

That is interesting, Shari. Maybe the median age is a little lower than I guessed. Conversely, maybe there were more young people at AHS because they are not as tied up with other obligations?

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on August 24, 2011
at 09:20 AM

almost 22, i have been trying to become paleo for only about 3 months,although i have ditched gluten long time ago

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on August 24, 2011
at 03:50 AM

I'm 31. Went paleo just over a year ago. My mom (56) and sister (25) started at the same time. We've all lost weight and feel much better. I was the most overweight of the 3 of us (and convinced the other 2 to try it out). My weight-loss has come to a complete halt, but I can't imagine going back to SAD.

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on August 21, 2011
at 10:59 PM

I began paleo at 20, and at 22 years old I am in the best shape and health of my life. Strongly attribute the Paleo lifestyle to this bliss :)

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on August 21, 2011
at 03:50 PM

I am 29, 30 in less than a month, I am 95/5, My girlfriend is 26 she is about 80/20 and my daughter is 18 months old and is about 80/20. The baby sitter and grandmothers like to give her "the good stuff" as they say. I don't argue, its not often. My mother(49) and father(60) dabble in it at about 70/30. My younger cousin is 15 she is just starting on it also. I am on a mission to get a few of my fellow firefighters on the bandwagon too. All ages, both sexes and multiple races. Push the movement and Grok on my fellow Hacks.

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on August 21, 2011
at 03:35 PM

I'm 26. Started a little over a year ago. My friends think I'm gonna have a heart attack. I'm lean and mean and feeling great.

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on August 21, 2011
at 01:10 PM

Is probably close to 0 ...

I would say being breastfed is paleo, cause it used to happen more than 20K years ago ... as babies grow older, they are introduced to neolithic foods.

So, almost everyone is paleo for the first few months, and later not so much ... makes the average age very low and sort of correlates with the fact that we rarely see overweight infants, unlike adults.

Sorry if I don't make sense, just some random thoughts.

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on August 20, 2011
at 07:11 PM

24, been on Paleo about 8 years give or take.

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on August 19, 2011
at 09:23 PM

27 and feelin' fine.

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on August 19, 2011
at 12:54 AM

36...and have been paleo for 1 year this Oct!

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on August 19, 2011
at 12:38 AM

I'm 23 now, but will I live to see 24? Well, I reckon if I eat paleo I will...

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on August 19, 2011
at 06:20 AM

me too! soon 24 though. (also the bf is eating mostly paleo - though he does not really thing he is - he's 25)

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on August 18, 2011
at 09:54 PM

I've no idea what the average is.

I've been eating paleo for about 3-4 months now, but I've always tried to eat "clean" and "healthy" since my teen years. I'm also 22. Hope that helped some.

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