Obesity is common in older adults. As the epidemic is not lessening, it will become even more urgent an issue to address as the baby boomer generation reaches old age.
In older adults, obesity threatens mobility directly and indirectly through multiple chronic diseases such as arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and lipid disorders. These conditions contribute substantially to disability. The American Society for Nutrition, The Obesity Society, and the American Heart Association all recommend weight loss with exercise for the management of obesity in older adults. This implementation project aims to focus on reducing obesity and subsequent chronic disease in older adults.