Obesity and Depression in the Elderly

The largest numerical gains in the obesity epidemic have been in those 65 and up. The elderly obese have a sharper decline than their normal-weight peers do. They tend to be housebound or admitted sooner to nursing homes. Depression increases with the rise in Body Mass Index (BMI).

burgerThe Morbidly Obese

The extremely or morbidly obese person has a BMI of 40 or more. Their physical and mental health is at a highly precarious state. They are prone to heart disease, including congestive heart failure, arteriosclerosis (plaque on artery walls), atrial fibrillation, malignant hypertension (a dangerous heart beat arrhythmia which can lead to sudden death), and an enlarged heart, as well as all the other complications listed above.

A female may develop excess hair on the body, oily skin, and skin discoloration. A morbidly obese person is five times more prone to depression than a normal weight person, and should be brought into counseling as quickly as possible.

A survey of 2500 morbidly obese people showed that half felt they were treated poorly by medical professionals. A survey of nurses found that a quarter were repelled by them and would prefer not to treat them.

“To date, most efforts to curb obesity focus on driving weight loss through diet and exercise, without addressing other aspects of well-being that may contribute to obesity,” says Jana Lacatell, Healthways Lifestyle Directions Director. “The rising obesity rate suggests these efforts have been largely ineffective…these interventions alone are not enough interventions should address other factors known to influence weight management such as financial and social well-being.” She notes that all the elements of well-being should be understood so Americans can succeed at weight loss. If you are struggling with obesity you should call the professionals at Narconon Fresh Start