Kristen Beavers, PhD. M.P.H., was the lead author of the study, and she pointed out that these findings provide real evidence that weight loss among the elderly can have real benefits. While many elderly lose weight due to the decrease in bone and muscle density, intentional weight loss and the reduction of body fat will provide real health benefits.
The study was conducted on 288 older adults, all of which were either overweight or obese. They were all at risk of developing cardiovascular disorders as a result of their body composition. The study lasted for 2 ½ years, and it involved 18 months of regular physical activity for the senior citizens included in the study. The results of the study showed that intentional weight loss was very possible for the senior citizens, and it was possible for them to maintain that weight loss at a steady rate in order to reduce their body fat.Read more »