Non-dietary predictors and consequences of obesity in older adults in Congregate Meal Programs
Gordon, Susannah Lee
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The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between obesity and non-dietary variables in older adults. Participants were recruited from Congregate Meal Programs in the northeast Georgia Area Agency on Aging [AAA, n = 95, mean (SD) age = 75 (7.4) y, 78.9% female, 54.7% white, 45.3% black, 42.1% obese (BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2), mean WC in women = 37.1 (5.5) inches and in men = 40.4 (4.7) inches]. Data were collected using a questionnaire from the Geisinger Rural Aging Study (Dr. Gordon Jensen, personal communication, 2011). Five obesity classifications were created according to BMI, WC, (NHLBI, 2000) and WC thresholds (within BMI categories) associated with health risk (overweight, obese I, and obese II, Ardern et al 2004). Associations were seen between measures of obesity and non-dietary variables, which suggests a possible point of intervention for obesity in Congregate Meal Program participants in northeast Georgia.