You’re never too old to lose weight.
The myth that old age makes it harder to lose extra pounds has been debunked by scientists at two UK universities.
Obese patients over the age of 60 were able to lose as much weight as younger people simply by changing their lifestyles.
In fact the study found the over 60 group reduced their body weight by 7.3percent compared to a 6.9percent reduction for those in the younger group.
The same lifestyle changes were used for both groups.
“Age should be no barrier to lifestyle management of obesity” says Dr Thomas Barber of Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick.
“Rather than putting up barriers to older people accessing weight loss programmes, we should be proactively facilitating that process.
“Service providers and policymakers should appreciate the importance of weight loss in older people with obesity, for the maintenance of health and wellbeing”, he adds.
Individual programmes for each patient, including dietary changes, physicial activity and psychological support, were used in the study at Warwick and Coventry University Hospitals.
“Weight loss is important at any age, but as we get older we’re more likely to develop the weight-related co-morbidities of obesity,” explains Dr Barber.
“Many of these are similar to the effects of aging, so you could argue that the relevance of weight loss becomes heightened as we get older, and this is something that we should embrace.”
The findings are reported in the journal Clinical Endocrinology.