A weighty balancing act

One size does not fit all in managing obesity after patients hit 60

Concern over obesity in children has somewhat overshadowed the problem at the other end of the life span — weight problems as people grow older.

older people exercising

As Australians aged 60 and over become heavier, GPs must navigate ongoing debate around what constitutes healthy weight in older people, and the benefits and risks of weight loss in this age group.

Concerns about weight loss resulting in sarcopenia, coupled with research suggesting a slightly higher BMI can protect health in the elderly, mean different strategies are needed