Lifestyle Interventions For Managing Obesity

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Lifestyle interventions for managing obesity in older adults

INTRODUCTION
Obesity is condition of being abnormal with excess of accumulated fat in the adipose tissue of the body to the extent which increases the health risk, illness and may lead to morality. An important cause of body fat mass is the association between energy taken and energy spent. A person becomes obese when he/she consumes more calories than they burn. Calories are necessary in order to sustain life and to be active and fit, to have energy for daily routine. It is important to balance the energy consumed and expenditure. When the balance is missed weight gain occurs. Management of obesity, especially, in the elderly is one of the great challenges in public health today. An older adult or the elderly or senior citizen is a person aged 65 year or more. An obese older adult is an individual with body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg.m-2. The treatment is very complicated in the elderly. As more baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1965) turn into senior citizens and with increased aging population it is now a serious health care issue. It is an added trouble for older people who are already dealing changes which occur with age. In the older adults successful weight loss is very difficult and stress on weight loss could lead to frailty. So, obesity can be managed in older adults with lifestyle interventions for their wellbeing. The scheme behind…
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