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Overweight in Older Adults
Weight Loss More Unhealthy Than Overweight in Elderly Adults
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Overweight in Older Adults

Being overweight later in life does not pose a significant risk to your health, according to findings of a comprehensive weight and health study published in a recent issue of the American Journal of Public Health. On the contrary, it appears that weight loss is far more unhealthy in those 65 and older.

A team of weight researchers led by Dr. Paula Diehr, professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine, studied a group of 4,317 non-smoking men and women aged 65 to 100 to examine the relationship between body mass index and mortality rates in seniors.

All participants were involved in the Cardiovascular Health Study, a population-based, longitudinal study of older adults designed to identify risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Persons who were wheelchair-bound or receiving hospice treatment, radiation therapy or chemotherapy for cancer were excluded from the study.

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