Posted by: 4pack | November 13, 2009

“Obesity In America”: What A Surprise…Higher Obesity Rates Blamed For Increasing Disabilities For People In Their Sixties

obesity a disability

"The newer cohorts of people in their 60s have many more people who are overweight and obese," said UCLA's Teresa Seeman, lead author of the study. "Those people are at much higher risk for disability."

THE NEWS THAT HIGHER OBESITY RATES FOR MIDDLE-AGED MEN AND WOMEN IS TRANSLATING INTO HIGHER DISABILITY RATES CANNOT SHOCK ANYONE…BUT IT SHOULD MOTIVATE STATE GOVERNMENTS, COMPANIES AND INSURERS INTO PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE HEALTHY EATING AND FITNESS AND DISCOURAGE JUNK FOOD AND OBESITY…

Disability rates among people in their 60s have been on the rise in recent decades, a study finds — a trend that doesn’t bode well for aging baby boomers.

And obesity might have something to do with it.

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles used federal survey data to compare rates of disability among people 60 and older during two time periods: 1988 to 1994 and 1999 to 2004.

They found that 60-somethings in the more recent period were 40 percent to 70 percent more likely to report having difficulty performing routine tasks, such as walking from room to room, getting in and out of bed and dressing, according to the study published Thursday by the American Journal of Public Health.

There was no change in disability among people in their 70s, while seniors over the age of 80 saw slight improvements.

Just why 60- to 69-year-olds have become more prone to disability isn’t clear. But the researchers think it has to do with increasing rates of obesity.

“The newer cohorts of people in their 60s have many more people who are overweight and obese,” said UCLA’s Teresa Seeman, lead author of the study. “Those people are at much higher risk for disability.”

Seeman said the findings could be a glimpse of things to come for baby boomers entering their 60s.

http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/health/1882136,CST-NWS-disab13.article

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