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Korean J Obes 2012; 21(2): 77-83

Published online June 1, 2012

Copyright © Korean Society for the Study of Obesity.

Evaluation, Co-morbidity and Management of Obesity in the Elderly

Dong Wook Jung, Young Hye Cho, Sang Yeoup Lee(1).*

Family Medicine Clinic and Research Institute of Convergence of Biomedical Science and Technology;
Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital; and Medical Education Unit, Pusan National University School of Medicine(1)

The problem of obesity among the elderly group has become an important public health issue with the rapidly rising elderly population. Additional or different obesity criteria, apart from the general criteria of adult obesity, is needed to diagnosis obesity in the elderly population. Proper treatment of obesity for the aged group is necessary because obesity is related to various medical conditions, diseases and increased mortality. When managing obesity in the elderly group, caution should be taken not to decrease their bone density or muscle volume.

Keywords: Aged, Obesity, Diagnosis, Muscle

Fig. 1. Suggested mechanisms of sarcopenia.

Avaliable diagnostic tools for sarcopenic obesity



Relationship between mortality and obesity indices among the elderly who never smoked


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