Overweight and obesity among older adults on admission to hospital

F E Lithander, A M Keogh, L Killeen

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Abstract

Poor nutritional status, which includesboth under- a nd over-nutrition, i s associated w it h poor health outcomes. T his cross-sectional study assessed the nutritional status of older patients admitted to an acute geriatric ward of a Dublin hospital. Anthropometric and clinical measurements were made. Thirty patients, mean (sd) age 79 (7) y and body mass index 26.6 (4.7) kg/m2, participated. More patients were overweight (n = 12) or obese (n = 9) than underweight (n= 1) or healthy weight (n = 8) which indicates that this age-group may be part of the Irish obesity epidemic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-8
Number of pages2
JournalIrish Medical Journal
Volume104
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

Keywords

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Body Mass Index
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Ireland
  • Male
  • Nutritional Status
  • Obesity
  • Overweight
  • Journal Article

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