This essay "Obesity among the Elderly" outlines the consequences of obesity on the health of the elderly. Certain populations are more vulnerable to obesity than others are. Tatiana Andreyeva says infrequent physical activity relates to higher rates of obesity, especially among women. The disparity in protected rates of obesity between the most and least frequently physically active women is nearly double (Andreyeva, 2006). This vulnerability to low education in nearly a fifth amongst women and a sixth in men. Ethnic populations differed in the prevalence of obesity because of their different levels of healthcare services. Alter et al. discovered that healthcare costs turned obesity into a separate risk factor in terms of raising the odds of developing health complications in the future (Alter et al., 2012).
In the elderly, there is a stronger connection between obesity and employment willingness amongst women particularly for retirement purposes. Nearly a tenth of illness prevalence can be traced to obesity, which surpasses other comorbidity risk factors such as smoking and ageing (Alter et al.). The CDC reported that over the 23% of aged adults over 65 years old were obese between 2007 and 2010. During this period, the frequency of obesity was more in the elderly between 65 and 74 years of age in contrast to those over 75 in both sexes. Prevalence of obesity in women between 65 and 74 years old was more in those over 75 years from all ethnicities. In non-Hispanic African-American women, an estimated one in were obese in both age sets.