Researchers have determined that obesity can lead to increased physical disability as you age. Reuters reports:Well, I’m not a health expert by any stretch of the imagination, but, this kind of seems like a no-brainer.
"Obesity is more hazardous to the health of the elderly than we previously suspected," said Dawn Alley of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, whose study appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.Sounds like the perfect reason to start Eating to Live and exercising!
"For an older person, suffering from obesity means they are much less likely to be able to walk to the front door or pick up a bag of groceries," she said.
A second report from Johns Hopkins University in the same journal found that chronic kidney disease is on the rise in the country because of increases in obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes, leading to more demand for kidney dialysis and organ transplants.
The study from Pennsylvania, which compared data from a government health survey involving nearly 10,000 people age 60 and over, found obesity on the increase along with the inability to walk a few blocks or even take 10 steps, stoop, lift a moderate amount of weight, walk between rooms or stand up from an armless chair.