Should weight loss in elderly people be recommended?
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Endocrinology Department, City Hospital in Piekary, Poland
Department of Nutrition Related Prevention, Faculty of Health Sciences in Bytom, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland
Iwona Zieleń-Zynek   

Department of Nutrition Related Prevention, Faculty of Health Sciences in Bytom, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland, ul. Piekarska 18, 41-902 Bytom
Ann. Acad. Med. Siles. 2019;73:293–304
The elderly population is characterised by chronic diseases. Both age-related changes in the body’s systems and diseases can lead, on the one hand, to undernutrition and consequent cachexia, and, on the other hand, to an excessive energy supply and reduced physical activity, leading to excessive body weight (overweight/obesity). Both cachexia and excess body weight are prognostic indicators. The authors discuss the occurrence of excessive body weight in the context of the obesity paradox, the multiple morbidities observed in this population group and the recommendations for further action aimed at reducing body weight.
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