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dc.contributor.authorClune, Alison
dc.description.abstractThis 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.
dc.subjectOlder Adults
dc.subjectWeight loss
dc.subjectRecommendation to lose weight
dc.subjectOlder Americans Act Nutrition Program
dc.titlePrevalence and predictors of recommendations to lose weight in overweight and obese older adults in Georgia senior centers
dc.description.departmentFoods and Nutrition
dc.description.majorFoods and Nutrition
dc.description.advisorDorothy B. Hausman
dc.description.committeeDorothy B. Hausman
dc.description.committeeJung Sun Lee
dc.description.committeeJoan G. Fischer

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