Risk of falls among Older Individuals Associated with Being Obese

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Many health care professionals and government health officials are now alarmed of the increasing numbers of individuals who are getting overweight and obese. Not only that, the problem seemed to be noticed not only among adults, but even the teens and the young are going into the obesity This is seen as a growing problem because of the established facts which associates obesity with the development of certain health risks which often include diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and other lifestyle related diseases. For this reason, the general public is called to be wary and cautious about their health by indulging in to activities which can improve their health status such as exercises and proper and well balanced diet.

Furthermore, aside from the risk of developing certain diseases, individuals who are obese most especially those older adults are most likely to have the risk for falls, according to a study.

The new study which was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society involved the analysis and examination of data gathered from about 10,755 individuals who belong to the age group of 65 year and above. The researchers gathered data on the Body Mass Index (BMI) of the study participants by getting their height and weight. Also, the researchers tracked down the study participants for about two years dated back in year 1998 to 2006 to look after incidences of falls among them.

Upon the analysis of data, researchers found out that there were a total of about 9,621 incidences of falls among the study participants, and among these incidences, about 3,100 serious injuries were noted which necessitates immediate medical intervention. In addition, researchers noticed that among those study participants who had falls, about 23 per cent of them were categorized to be obese.

Moreover, the investigators discovered that those study participants who were classified under the obese category is facing about 12 to 50 per cent of risk of experiencing falls as compared to other individuals in the general population who have normal weights. Also, researchers noted that the risk of falls actually increases with the degree of obesity that the study participants had. With the new findings of the study, the researchers called the attention of the public, especially those obese individuals, to be wary and vigilant of their actions which can lead to further serious injuries.





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