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Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Effects of Obesity on Senior Citizens

Today, one out of three adults in the U.S. is clinically obese. Every day, more and more overweight and obese adults head into their senior years with more health risks than ever before.

According to an article from Kaiser Health News, research shows that obese and overweight adults face an increased risk of other health problems and disabilities as they age. The article also states that obese adults face a higher risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and certain cancers as they grow older. Excess weight is also linked to cardiovascular issues and high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

Nursing homes and hospitals will treat unprecedented numbers of obese, elderly citizens with complicated health problems that stem from carrying excess weight. More seniors are facing bigger hospital and nursing home charges at a younger age because of their weight.

As a senior citizen, your health is already at risk. Make sure that you are proactively watching your weight.  It could save you time, money, and your life.

Read more about the effects of obesity on the elderly here: http://kaiserhealthnews.org/news/the-extra-cost-of-extra-weight-for-older-adults/


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