Older age does not influence the success of weight loss through the implementation of lifestyle modification


Objective: Age is sometimes a barrier for acceptance of patients into a hospital-based obesity service. Our aim was to explore the effect of age on the ability to lose weight through lifestyle interventions, implemented within a hospital-based obesity service. Design: Retrospective study. Patients: We included a cohort of randomly selected patients with morbid obesity (n = 242), who attended our hospital-based obesity service during 2005-2016 and received only lifestyle weight loss interventions. Measurements: Primary outcome measures were percentage weight loss (%WL) and percentage reduction in body mass index (%rBMI) following implemented lifestyle interventions. Data were stratified according to patient age at referral: group 1 (age < 60 years, n = 167) and group 2 (age ≥ 60 years, n = 75). Weight loss was compared between groups, and correlations with age at referral were explored. Results: The duration of hospital-based weight loss interventions ranged between 1 and 143 months (mean: 38.9 months; SD: 32.3). Baseline BMI at referral differed significantly between groups 1 and 2 (49.7 kgm −2 [SD: 8.7] vs 46.9 kgm −2 [SD: 6.1], respectively; P <.05). Following implemented lifestyle interventions, between groups 1 and 2 there were no differences in %WL (6.9% [SD: 16.7] vs 7.3% [SD: 11.60], respectively; P = NS) or %rBMI (8.1% [SD: 14.9] vs 7.8% [SD: 11.7], respectively; p = NS). Overall, there was no significant correlation between patient age at referral and %WL (r = −.13, p = NS). Conclusions: Older age does not influence the success of weight loss through the implementation of lifestyle modification within a hospital-based obesity service. Therefore, age per se should not influence clinical decisions regarding acceptance of patients to hospital-based obesity services.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/cen.14354
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > Aston Medical School
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Uncontrolled Keywords: age,lifestyle,obesity,weight loss,Body Mass Index,Life Style,Obesity, Morbid,Weight Loss,Humans,Aged,Retrospective Studies,Infant, Newborn,Endocrinology,Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Publication ISSN: 1365-2265
Last Modified: 14 May 2024 07:18
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2023 14:56
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Published Date: 2021-02
Published Online Date: 2020-10-22
Accepted Date: 2020-10-14
Authors: Leyden, Eimear
Hanson, Petra
Halder, Louise
Rout, Lucy
Cherry, Ishbel
Shuttlewood, Emma
Poole, Donna
Loveder, Mark
Abraham, Jenny
Kyrou, Ioannis (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-6997-3439)
Randeva, Harpal S
Lam, F T
Menon, Vinod
Barber, Thomas M



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License: Creative Commons Attribution

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