Weight loss in obese elder patients can be detrimental to their health, but dietitians can take certain steps to help them lose weight appropriately and healthfully to improve their quality of life. The prevalence of obesity in the United States is increasing among all age groups, including adults aged 65 and older. Weight loss can lead to additional lean muscle loss and decreased physical strength. Though losing weight certainly can benefit older adults who are obese or overweight, experts say it must be done safely and methodically. Here they discuss the perils of overweight and obesity in this population and share the safest and most effective treatment options to improve their quality of life. By , the number of US older adults is expected to more than double, rising from
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Obesity in older adults: Effect of degree of weight loss on cardiovascular markers and medications
Moderate-intensity exercise can help even extremely obese older adults improve their ability to perform common daily activities and remain independent, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Findings from the National Institutes of Health-funded study are published in the July issue of the journal Obesity. In the United States, obesity affects nearly 13 million adults age 65 and older. Both overall obesity and abdominal obesity are strongly associated with the development of major mobility disability MMD , the inability to walk a quarter of a mile, according to the study's lead author, Stephen Kritchevsky, Ph. Previous data on older populations had suggested that obesity may lessen the beneficial effects of physical activity on mobility. However, this research, which analyzed data from the multicenter Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders LIFE study, showed that a structured physical activity program reduced the risk of MMD even in older adults with extreme obesity. The LIFE study was a large clinical trial that enrolled 1, sedentary men and women age 70 to
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A person whose weight is higher than what is considered as a normal weight adjusted for height is described as being overweight or having obesity. BMI is the tool most commonly used to estimate and screen for overweight and obesity in adults and children. BMI is defined as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. For most people, BMI is related to the amount of fat in their bodies, which can raise the risk of many health problems.
Background: one of the most important age-dependent physiologic alterations in the body composition of older adult people is obesity and overweight, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality rate. Objective: The aim of the present study is to determine the prevalence of obesity in older adults in Iran. Methods: The present study was conducted via meta-analysis and systematic review method, from March to October