An article published in the Journal of American Geriatric Society says that although seniors may inceasing in size, they continue to have increasing longevity. After analyzing data from 4,000 senior citizens in England, the analysis determines that amongst the elderly there is not a corelation between obestiy and mortality rates. The mortality rates increase only amongst the most severely obese.
The news is not all good for over-weight elders. According to the article, over-weight senior suffer from decresed mobility and difficulty performing daily living activities. The extra pounds have a dramatic impact on seniors in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Over-weight nursing home residents are at increased risk for development of pressure sores, diabetes and other medical complications.
Read more about the study on overweight elders here.