Report Shows Americans’ Weight Peaks Before Retirement

by Lois Etienne on September 21, 2010

in Senior Health and Safety

Senior-Woman-with-WalkerThere’s good news and bad news. The bad news first: obesity is continuing to increase in the U.S., according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that focuses on obesity in each state. There is an interesting curve in this report that indicates Americans tend to peak in weight somewhere in their early 60s, just before they become senior citizens at age 65.

Now the good news: It is then – at about retirement age – that a rather rapid decline in weight occurs as seniors move into old age. About the same percentage of seniors age 70 or older claim to be obese as do the youngest adults – those age 18 to 29, according to the CDC’s Division of Nutrition.

Eating healthy is a daily challenge, as is the temptation to overeat.  Here’s a tip from a study conducted earlier this year: Scientists recently reported results of a new clinical trial confirming that just two 8-ounce glasses of water, taken before meals, enables people to shed pounds.

“We found in earlier studies that middle-aged and older people who drank two cups of water right before eating a meal ate between 75 and 90 fewer calories during that meal,” said Brenda Davy, Ph.D., an associate professor of nutrition at Virginia Tech and senior author of the study.

“In this recent study, we found that over the course of 12 weeks, dieters who drank water before meals, three times per day, lost about 5 pounds more than dieters who did not increase their water intake,” she noted

A professional caregiving service also can help. Assistance with meal preparation and mealtime companionship are among the most requested services that Home Instead Senior Care CAREGivers provide. These professional CAREGivers, who are screened, trained, bonded and insured, also can assist with grocery shopping, transportation and errands – all tasks that help facilitate nutritious eating.

For more information about the appetite suppression study, log on to and for more information on obesity prevalence, including an animated map, visit

For more information or to get answers to your questions, please contact your local Home Instead Senior Care office.  We can be reached — anytime day or night – by calling Spokane509.835.5898, North King/Snohomish Counties425.670.2292 or South King/Pierce Counties253.943.1603. You can also email us at

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