Elderly People with Obesity May Lose Weight as Successfully as Younger People

According to a new study, conducted by researchers from the University of Warwick and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust, UK, patients with obesity whose age is 60 and over can lose as much weight as younger people with the help of only lifestyle changes.Elderly People with Obesity May Lose Weight as Successfully as Younger People

For the study, a team of researchers randomly selected 242 patients who attended the WISDEM-based obesity service between 2005 and 2016 and compared two groups (people under 60 years and people aged between 60 and 78 years) for the weight loss that they achieved during their time within the service.

Lead author Dr. Thomas Barber of Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick comments: "Weight loss is important at any age, but as we get older we're more likely to develop the weight-related co-morbidities of obesity. Many of these are similar to the effects of aging, so you could argue that the relevance of weight loss becomes heightened as we get older, and this is something that we should embrace."

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