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Obesity Weighs Heavily on Elderly

When people think of poor health in the older-adult population, images of frail and underweight individuals often come to mind. But nutritionists and health professionals on both sides of the Atlantic have noted an overlooked “obesity epidemic” affecting more than 30 percent of adults over 60 years of age.

The issue of a few extra pounds pale by comparison for many people when they consider such other old-age issues as dementia, chronic disease, lifestyle limitations, and money woes. Physicians may avoid talking about obesity with their older patients because they think it may be too late to encourage a change in health behavior, experts say.

Here are some facts.

— One in four people older than 50 is considered obese.

— Slightly more than half of adults 50 and older reported being asked during routine medical check-ups about physical activity or exercise. The likelihood of being asked about exercise during a routine check-up declined with age.

— Only one-third of adults 65 and older get the daily recommended level of exercise.

Written by Cecil Scaglione

October 24, 2022 at 2:00 am

Posted in A Musing, Aging, Health

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