BARRIERS TO LOSING WEIGHT FOR OVERWEIGHT AND OBESE OLDER ADULTS
J Aging Res Clin Practice 2013;2(3):285-288
Background: Obesity is growing rapidly among older adults. Objective: To understand the barriers older adults face when trying to lose weight. from their own perspective. Design: Focus group. Setting: A senior center in a southeastern urban area. Participants: Eleven overweight or obese older adults. Results: Ten barriers to weight loss were cited. They were: 1) emotional eating, 2) living alone, 3) eating out of habit 4) reduced exercise 5) health issues such as pain, 6) cost of fresh fruits and vegetables, 7) time required for scratch cooking, 8) addiction to junk food, 9) time needed to count calories and 10) sustaining motivation. Conclusions: Interventions are needed to assist overweight and obese older adults who want to lose weight for health promotion and disease prevention...