Collaborators: G Vicente-Rodríguez, A González-Agüero, MV Lozano, L Sagarra, M Pindado, A Artigao, M Gracia-Bazán, E Cabanillas, B Moreno, C Calzada, MJ De la Llave, E Rodriguez, M Laguna, R Valls, VE Fernández, A López, L Bayo, M González, J Valtueña, D Jiménez-Pavón, A Meléndez, PJ Benito, JJ Gómez-Lorente, D Cañada, A Urzanqui, F Fuentes, JC Ortiz, RM Torres, P Navarro, C Muñoz, MC Avila-Ordás, JA Rodriguez-Marroyo, R Hernandez and P Pulido.
Prevalence of overweight and obesity in non-institutionalized people aged 65 or over from Spain: the elderly EXERNET multi-centre study
Article first published online: 27 APR 2011
© 2011 The Authors. obesity reviews © 2011 International Association for the Study of Obesity
Volume 12, Issue 8, pages 583–592, August 2011
How to Cite
Gomez-Cabello, A., Pedrero-Chamizo, R., Olivares, P. R., Luzardo, L., Juez-Bengoechea, A., Mata, E., Albers, U., Aznar, S., Villa, G., Espino, L., Gusi, N., Gonzalez-Gross, M., Casajus, J. A. and Ara, I. (2011), Prevalence of overweight and obesity in non-institutionalized people aged 65 or over from Spain: the elderly EXERNET multi-centre study. Obesity Reviews, 12: 583–592. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2011.00878.x
- Issue published online: 21 JUL 2011
- Article first published online: 27 APR 2011
- Received 3 January 2011; revised 17 February 2011; accepted 25 February 2011
Vol. 13, Issue 5, 482, Article first published online: 15 APR 2012
- sarcopenic obesity
Coupled with the growth of the older population, an increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity in this age group has occurred in the last decades. The main aims of the present study were (i) to provide an updated prevalence of overweight and obesity in a representative sample of the Spanish elderly population; (ii) to calculate the prevalence of sarcopenic obesity (SO) and (iii) to analyse the relationships between adiposity measurements and lifestyle. A cross-sectional study was carried out in a sample of 3136 persons representative of the non-institutionalized population ≥65 years of age. Anthropometric measurements were obtained using standardized techniques and equipment. Overall, 84% of the population can be categorized as overweight and/or obese. The present study indicates that 67% of the Spanish elderly population has an increased percentage of fat mass and more than 56% suffer from central obesity. Moreover, SO is present in 15% of the Spanish elderly population. Finally, a strong relationship between both physically active and sedentary lifestyles and the level of adiposity was found. Prevalence of overweight and obesity among elderly people in Spain is very high and is still increasing. Lifestyle seems to be a determinant factor in the development of obesity among elderly people.