How many times have you heard that losing weight gets impossible as you age? Read this as a new study has something else to say.
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We all believe that that the elderly cannot lose weight but a new study has found that obese patients over the age of 60 can lose an equivalent amount of weight as younger people using only lifestyle changes.
This might sound very contradicting considering how seniors can’t work out as rigorously, but it is true. They can lose weight just like younger folks, according to a study led by the University of Warwick and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW).
The researchers hope that their findings will help to correct prevailing societal misconceptions about the effectiveness of weight loss programmes in older people, as well dispel myths about the potential benefits of older people trying to reduce their weight.
The findings are based on analysis of patient records from a hospital-based obesity service and are reported in the journal Clinical Endocrinology. This retrospective study was conducted at the Warwickshire Institute for the Study of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (WISDEM) at UHCW.
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The researchers randomly selected 242 patients who attended the WISDEM-based obesity service between 2005 and 2016, and compared two groups (those aged under 60 years and those aged between 60 and 78 years) for the weight loss that they achieved during their time within the service.