‘Age should be no barrier to the lifestyle management of obesity’, study finds

'Age should be no barrier to the lifestyle management of obesity', study finds

Obesity is also linked to increased mortality and poor well being which makes it important for people with bad eating habits to pay more attention to their lifestyle.

The society misconceptions that say people with more than 50 years of age cannot lose weight have been contradicted with recent research by Warwickshire Institute for the Study of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (WISDEM) at UHCW who conducted a retrospective study to illustrate that age is no barrier to losing weight.

According to a new study, lifestyle changes can make obese patients over the age of 60 to lose an equivalent amount of weight as younger people who 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.

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.

All patients had their body weight measured both before and after lifestyle interventions administered and coordinated within the WISDEM-based obesity service, and the percentage reduction in body weight was calculated across both groups.…

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