Older Adults and Obesity — Is Dieting the Answer?
Joan Salge Blake, College of Health & Rehabilitation
The prevalence of obesity in the United States is increasing among all age groups, including adults aged 65 and older…
“It’s definitely a quality-of-life issue. Those who are obese may have problems with their hips, or that extra weight can become a burden on the knees. Walking for an extended period of time becomes problematic, and that begins to impact daily living. Becoming less physically active also is problematic in managing blood glucose. So weight can really become a burden.”