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Is there a reversal in the effect of obesity on mortality in old age?

Cohen-Mansfield, Jiska and Perach, Rotem. 2011. Is there a reversal in the effect of obesity on mortality in old age? Journal of Aging Research, 2011, p. 765071. ISSN 2090-2204 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Studies of obesity and its relationship with mortality risk in older persons have yielded conflicting results. We aimed to examine the age-related associations between obesity and mortality in older persons. Data were drawn from the Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Aging Study (CALAS), a national survey of a random sample of older Jewish persons in Israel conducted during 1989-1992. Analyses included 1369 self-respondent participants aged 75-94 from the Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Aging Study (CALAS). Mortality data at 20-year followup were recorded from the Israeli National Population Registry. Obesity was significantly predictive of higher mortality for persons aged 75-84, but from age 85 onwards, obesity had a protective effect on mortality albeit at a nonsignificant level. Being underweight was consistently predictive of mortality. Findings suggest that the common emphasis on avoiding obesity may not apply to those advancing towards old-old age, at least as far as mortality is concerned.

Item Type:

Article

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
9 June 2011Accepted
2011Published

Item ID:

24186

Date Deposited:

17 Sep 2018 11:52

Last Modified:

17 Sep 2018 11:52

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/24186

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