Formerly Fat Elders Wear Out Earlier

If you’re thin and elderly, but you used to be fat, you’re more likely to develop problems getting around than people who were never fat.

| Apr 21, 2009

Well, it's official: If you're elderly and fat, you're more likely to have problems getting around than if you're thin and elderly. A new study proves it.  But here's the real kicker: If you're thin and elderly, but you used to be fat, you're more likely to develop problems getting around than people who were never fat.  As a matter of fact, you're almost as likely to have mobility problems as people who are fat and elderly. Apparently, you just can't win for losing. 

The seven-year study followed 2,845 seniors who averaged 74 years old and had no mobility problems when the study began. During the study, the women who were overweight or obese from their mid-twenties to their seventies were nearly three times more likely to develop mobility problems than the women who were normal weight throughout their lives. But the women who were not fat in their seventies, but had been at age 50, were 2.7 times more likely to develop mobility limitations than the women who were never obese. The overweight or obese men were 1.6 times more likely to develop mobility problems than the thin men.  But the men who were not fat in their seventies, but had been at age 50, were 1.8 times more likely to develop mobility limitations than men who were never obese. 

The study was led by Denise Houston, assistant professor of gerontology at the School of Medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Source: HealthDay News

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Posted by Anonymous on 22 April 2009

Might as well stay fat.

Posted by Logan on 28 April 2009

The information given in this article is of little real life use. Since there was a greater increase means that the great majority did not have problems. What were the absolute numbers? Relative numbers like 1.8 times mean very little and is meaningless. 1.8 times what? What did one group do that the problem group did not, example would be exercise. How much. Did those in the lean and the formerly obese groups exercise for at least 360 minutes per week? Did they walk several miles a day at one time and at what speed?

What about diet? Were there lots of fresh veggies, fruits and fatty fish like wild salmon as part of the daily diet?

I like information that I can use.



Posted by volleyball on 28 April 2009

I agree with Roger, these studies leave you with more questions than answers.
It would make sense. decades of strain on joints can not be reversed at such a senior age. We have trouble repairing new damage let alone old damage.
But it does point out that lifelong commitment to health pays off in future benefits. Sort like saving money for retirement

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