Health psychology

Prevention of obesity in older adults

Aging generates changes in the body. Weight gain is one of them.
Obesity is a factor that can put health at risk, especially that of older adults.

On October 11, Brazil celebrated the National Day for the Prevention of Obesity. During this day, it is intended to inform about healthy lifestyle habits and those factors that influence weight gain.

PrevenciĆ³n de la obesidad en adultos mayores

Loss of muscle mass or sedentary lifestyle are two of the causes linked to obesity. The Brazilian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (SBGG) warns of the risks associated with this excess weight, which can lead to health problems such as diabetes, high cholesterol or cardiovascular disease .

This organization defends healthy eating habits and the reduction of processed foods. She also recommends doing physical exercise routines and seeing a doctor regularly.

Obesity is a concern in many countries around the world. In Chile, according to data provided by the newspaper El Mostrador, half of the older adult population is overweight.

FUNIBER sponsors numerous university programs focused on providing professionals with complete and up-to-date information on the main diseases associated with aging. One of the courses offered is the Specialization in Health Gerontology.