Prevalence and predictors of recommendations to lose weight in overweight and obese older adults in Georgia senior centers
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This study examined the prevalence and predictors of health professional recommendations to lose weight in overweight and obese older adults in Georgia senior centers. Participants were a convenience sample (n=793, mean age 75.9; 82% female; 37% black, 36% overweight, 38% obese) and provided demographic, health, and weight loss recommendation information via interviewer administered questionnaires. Seventy percent of participants met published criteria for weight loss recommendation, and only 36.2% of them received advice to lose weight in the past year. Weight loss recommendation was significantly (p< 0.05) associated with high body mass index (kg/m2), a high waist circumference, self-reported disability, younger age, and urban living. In summary, most individuals who may benefit from weight loss are not receiving advice to lose weight from a health professional. Educational programs for community dwelling older adults could increase awareness of this problem and improve health-related quality of life.