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Friday, July 25, 2014

Obesity in an Ageing Society: Implication for health, physical function and health service utilization

Obesity is a chronic disease defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a condition of abnormal or excessive fat accumulation, to the extent that health maybe impaired.

The combination of an ageing population and a continually increasing prevalence of obesity create a double burden of disease. As the population ages and an increased proportion of people are obese for a greater length of time, the associated health care burden will increase. 

This document, published by the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, explores the issue of obesity in the older population in Ireland, but the implications and results of this study will be of interest in many other jurisdictions.

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