Obesity in the elderly: survival of the fit or fat.

Banu Sezginsoy, Karen Ross, Jonelle E. Wright, Marie A. Bernard

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Obesity is an important health problem for the growing elderly segment of the population. Age-related changes in body composition should be taken into account when considering morbidity. Today, sarcopenic obesity, which is defined as excess fat with loss of lean body mass, is a highly prevalent problem. Obesity in the elderly is related to morbidity; e.g., sleep apnea, cancer, osteoarthritis, diabetes and hypertension. The advantages and disadvantages of using BMI, waist circumference, waist: hip ratio, and body weight to measure age-related changes in obesity are discussed. In addition, the merits of treatment options for obesity; e.g., behavioral modifications, diet, and exercise--are described. One important conclusion derived from a review of these treatments is that age itself is not a contraindication for pharmacotherapy or even surgery for morbid obesity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-439; quiz 440-441
JournalThe Journal of the Oklahoma State Medical Association
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes

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