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Managing your weight later in life

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August 22nd, 2014
mirror image of senior with and without belly fat
mirror image of senior with and without belly fat

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity in the U.S. is so prevalent that it can be considered an epidemic. Seniors are not exempt—between 2007 and 2010, one-third of adults over age 65 were considered obese. The highest prevalence (40%) was in people between ages 65 and 74 and the lowest (28%) in people over age 75. 

Carrying around extra pounds of fat can be dangerous. “Being overweight increases the risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer,” says Vandana Sheth, registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “It can also make movement difficult and enhance discomfort from arthritis that many older adults already experience.”

“One of the most common complaints from my overweight male patients is back pain,” says Joel Posner, M.D., medical director at esources

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website ( has many nutrition and weight management resources for older adults. You can also search for a registered dietitian in your area who can help you plan meals.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60606