If you’re an older baby boomer, age 70 is not too many years away. While you may start getting more aches and pains,  a few perks come your way as you approach your seventh decade. If you’re retired, you may finally be able to take that European vacation. Senior discounts can help you stretch your dollars. And in this economy, that’s nothing to sneeze at. Now there’s evidence that you may be able to enjoy a few extra snacks.

In an article that took me by surprise,  Salynn Boyles writes about an Australian study that suggests a little extra weight after age 70 might be OK.

As an older boomer, you might be looking forward to that magical day (age 70) when you can start eating extra doughnuts, chips and jelly beans. But as Boyles notes in her article, weight gain is not good for elderly people with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and osteoarthritis. Also, Boyles is careful to note the distinction between “a few extra pounds” and obesity.

Even if you become as old as Moses, well, almost as old, it’s always a good idea to see if your doctor approves of your body weight.