Obesity and Weight Gain in Older People
Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. Specifically, the World Health Organization (WHO) defines overweight as a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 25 kg/m2 and less than 30 kg/m2 and obesity as a BMI equal to or greater than 30 kg/m2 (WHO 2013).
There may not be a proper synonym for obesity. Albeit commonly done in conversations, obesity and overweight are not truly interchangeable terms. The definitions for obesity and overweight (based on BMI) are standard. However, when discussing with patients, special care must be taken to address the problem and convey the message appropriately. Introducing the issue as weight gain can facilitate engagement in the discussion, but proper definition of terms would need to include the description of obesity as a disease and incorporate concepts covering obesity-related conditions, complications, and comorbidities.
Obesity has been linked to...
KeywordsBariatric Surgery Cardiorespiratory Fitness Diabetes Prevention Program National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Sarcopenic Obesity
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