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Obesity among over 65s in UK reflects “lifetime of gaining weight”

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 05 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3585
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

    The prevalence of obesity among elderly people in the United Kingdom is higher than among young people, with almost three quarters of those aged between 65 and 74 years classed as obese or overweight.

    The 40th edition of Social Trends, published by the Office for National Statistics, shows that in 2008 in England more than three quarters (77.1%) of adults aged between 65 and 74 were obese or overweight, whereas a third (33.5%) of those aged 16 to 24 were. In Scotland and Wales in 2008 those aged between 55 and 64 were most likely to be overweight or obese, standing at 79% and 68% respectively. However, in Scotland almost four in 10 (38%) …

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