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This study recorded a significant negative correlation between Body Mass Index (BMI) and age. Age, as a variable also made statistically significant contribution to BMI. These findings suggest that elderly people in the United Kingdom become less obese as they grow after 65 years.


In its study which covered ages sixteen to over sixty five, the United Kingdom's Health Department reported that seven percent of people in the age group sixteen to twenty four years were obese compared to twenty nine percent and less than twenty nine percent for ages in the fifty five to sixty four years and more than sixty five years, respectively. The findings of this study, though restricted to elderly persons, are consistent with the above general observations. Decreased physical activity has been assigned as the principal causative agent of obesity in elderly persons (Coakley et al., 1998). For people in advanced age, the ability to exert oneself physically is also known to decline with age. It is therefore to be expected that persons in their eighties or more would have less capacity to undertake physical activities than would those in their sixties. The principal reason being that advanced age exacerbates age-induced degenerative processes of the body. This development in turn reduces the functional capacity of the internal organs.
These results were drawn only from free living persons. Data from people living in institutional setting were excluded from this analysis. This was done when it became apparent that vast differences existed between the two sample sizes. The difference in sample size therefore biased the results systematically. ...
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