Medical professionals usually gauge obesity based on the body mass index (BMI) scale. According to this scale, many individuals with a BMI over 30 are classified as obese. Over the last 30 years, the number of obese seniors has doubled, according to the American Nurses Association.
Obesity in seniors is a growing problem. Currently, more than 15 percent of all seniors are considered obese. Many factors contribute to obesity in the elderly population. An inactive lifestyle and excessive consumption of more calories than the body requires are some of the main reasons many seniors are obese. Also, as a person ages, the body reduces its production of thyroid hormones and human growth hormone. This also contributes to weight gain. Genetics also appear to play a role in obesity.
Obesity is a serious, chronic condition that causes the sufferer to experience many impairments. Unfortunately, many of the physical impairments also reduce the senior’s mobility and ability to exercise, so instead of losing weight, they increase their weight gain. Obesity puts seniors at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, joint pain, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and some cancers.
Obesity sufferers battle daily impairments that are a direct result of their excessive weight.
Many people see advertisements on television where an elderly person has fallen and cannot get back up. Unfortunately, this is not a fictional situation. It is a true and sad reality for many obese seniors. Obese individuals face a serious risk of falling and being unable to get back up because of their excessive weight, or because they may sustain injury from the fall. Seniors who are obese are also at an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, which can render them unable to call for help in the event of an emergency. Having a medical alert system will help the senior quickly summon help if an accident should occur.
The symptoms of obesity usually depend on many factors, such as how long the person has been obese and any underlying medical conditions that may be present.
Many obese seniors opt to live their lives without medical alerts. In such a situation, there are certain precautions that they can take to ensure their daily safety.
Obese seniors can follow certain precautions to prevent additional weight gain, and to hopefully lose a few pounds.
Medical alert services are beneficial for many obese seniors because they provide peace of mind. The senior may not feel like they are alone when they know they can quickly and efficiently summon help. Living life as an obese person can be difficult. Not only does the senior battle their weight problem and its limitations, they are also usually faced with many other health problems such as heart disease, stroke, falls, high blood pressure, and diabetes. All of these conditions can lead to a health emergency during which help must be obtained immediately. Medical alerts are an ideal safety precaution that could also save a life.