Researchers have found that obese patients over the age of 60 can lose an equivalent amount of weight as younger people using only lifestyle changes.
The findings, published in the journal Clinical Endocrinology, will help to correct prevailing societal misconceptions about the effectiveness of weight loss programs in older people, as well as dispel myths about the potential benefits of older people trying to reduce their weight.
“Weight loss is important at any age, but as we get older, we’re more likely to develop the weight-related co-morbidities of obesity,” said study lead author Thomas Barber from the University of Warwick in the UK.
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“Many of these are similar to the effects of aging, so you could argue that the relevance of weight loss becomes heightened as we get older, and this is something that we should embrace,” Barber added.
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