Clinical practice guidelines recommend that people achieve and maintain a healthy weight to decrease morbidity and mortality. However, measures used to define 'healthy weight' have many limitations when used in clinical practice, and research demonstrated how weight-centered focus can lead to negative and psychological health consequences.
Using case reports, this presentation will demonstrate the complexities associated with weight loss as it pertains to older adults, while recognizing the unique nutritional needs of this population.
Recognize the unique nutritional concerns of older adults
Be familiar with the evidence that demonstrates the negative health consequences of a weight-centered approach
Develop a practical understanding of how to support older adults in achieving optimal health for a better quality of life