Posts Tagged ‘aging’

Obesity in Older Adults: Lifespan and Healthspan

April 14, 2022 — So much attention goes into obesity for children and young persons that one might wonder if it’s much of a concern for older adults. A new study in BMC Geriatrics offers good insight. Mild and moderate obesity might not have much of an effect on a older person’s lifespan, though severe obesity does. But regardless […]

Healthy Aging Through Smart, Equitable Obesity Care

March 11, 2022 — Though people may pretend otherwise, aging is a great equalizer. Hubris finds humility as age encroaches on presumptions of invincibility. So with varying degrees of success, we chase the goal of healthy aging. But over the last three decades, obesity has become a major stumbling block to healthy aging, for two reasons. First, the prevalence […]

New Insights into Metabolism, Plus a Little Humility

August 13, 2021 — An impressive new study published today in Science has researchers feeling a bit giddy. “Blown away” was the sentiment Rozalyn Anderson expressed to the New York Times about the study. “A pivotal paper,” said Leanne Redman, adding that it will shape textbooks for years to come. Herman Pontzer and a remarkable array of collaborators analyzed […]

Beware: Baldness, Gray Hair, Obesity, and Heart Disease

December 4, 2017 — The BBC says early baldness is a bigger risk for heart disease than obesity. And don’t forget gray hair. The LA Times says that gray’s the way that beats obesity for giving us a heart attack. All this and more is simply dutiful reporting on a press release from the European Society of Cardiology. Health […]

Will a Mediterranean Diet Keep You Young?

December 5, 2014 — A new study this week has the news media buzzing that following a Mediterranean diet can help keep people young by protecting their genetic code as they age. How can this be? The study, published in the BMJ, analyzed the association between how closely people in the Nurses Health Study followed a Mediterranean diet and […]

Brains, Muscles, Obesity and Aging

December 12, 2013 — Obesity and aging is a neglected subject of growing importance. In people between the ages of 65 and 74 years, obesity quadrupled in men (10.4% to 41.5%) and grew by 74% in women (23.2% to 40.3%) between 1960 and 2010. The interaction of brain, muscles, obesity, and aging assumes considerable importance as people progress from […]

Seven Closing Takeaways from Obesity Week 2013

November 17, 2013 — Now that everyone has hit the exits from Atlanta and returned to their favorite pillows, here are seven closing highlights from Obesity Week 2013. This has been a big, diverse meeting, full of energy. Media coverage has been extraordinary. The team working behind the curtain on all of the logistics made it seem remarkably smooth, […]

Gaining Weight with Age Takes a Toll

February 26, 2013 — Gaining weight with age is more typical than not and many people age 65 or over are not concerned with this additional weight. Previous scientific studies indicated that elevated Body Mass Index (BMI)) at retirement age and older did not affect a person’s lifespan, and some studies found elevated BMI may even extend it. The […]