Current Geriatrics Reports

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 211–220 | Cite as

Obesity in Older Adults: Prevalence, Health Risk and Management of Care Among Nursing Home Residents

  • Sue O. MacDonell
  • Jody C. Miller
  • Debra L. Waters
  • Lisa A. Houghton
Nutrition, Obesity, and Diabetes (DT Villareal, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Nutrition, Obesity, and Diabetes


The total number of older adults has increased markedly in recent decades with concurrent escalation in the proportion with a body mass index ≥30 kg/m2. Community-based studies indicate that obesity has a significant impact on the physical functioning and independence of older adults and increases the risk for nursing home admission. This review aims to describe the prevalence of obesity in nursing homes and the impact of such on individual health and aged care resources and to explore whether intervention strategies could improve obesity and quality of life in the nursing home population.


Obesity BMI Bariatric Sarcopenia Frailty Aging Aged care Nursing home Elderly 


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Sue O. MacDonell, Jody C. Miller, Debra L. Waters and Lisa A. Houghton declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sue O. MacDonell
    • 1
  • Jody C. Miller
    • 1
  • Debra L. Waters
    • 2
  • Lisa A. Houghton
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Human NutritionUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand
  2. 2.Department of Medicine/School of Physiotherapy, Dunedin School of MedicineUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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