Excessive Body Weight in Older Adults.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

The health challenges prompted by obesity in the older adult population are poorly recognized and understudied. A defined treatment of geriatric obesity is difficult to establish, as it must take into account biological heterogeneity, age-related comorbidities, and functional limitations (sarcopenia/dynapenia). This retrospective article highlights the current understanding of the optimal body mass index (BMI) in later life, addressing appropriate recommendations based on BMI category, age, and health history. The findings of randomized control trials of weight loss/maintenance interventions help one to move closer to evidence-based and appropriately individualized recommendations for body weight management in older adults.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Porter Starr, KN; Bales, CW

Published Date

  • August 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 311 - 326

PubMed ID

  • 26195092

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4510467

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-8853

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.cger.2015.04.001


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States