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Accelerated risk of mobility loss for people aged 60+ tied to excess weight/inactivity

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Accelerated risk of mobility loss for people aged 60+ tied to excess weight/inactivity

Accelerated risk of mobility loss for people aged 60+ tied to excess weight/inactivity

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WASHINGTON, DC (Feb. 12, 2019) -- The combination of excess weight/obesity and an inactive lifestyle represents a powerful joint risk factor for developing mobility loss after age 60, according to a new study.

Millions of Americans age 65 and older have difficulty walking, a disability that puts them at high risk of falls and a loss of independence. Other studies had suggested obesity and lifestyle factors such as lack of physical activity played a role in developing this loss of mobility.

However, this is the first study to follow participants over time and examine the joint contributions of weight and physical activity on the risk of developing a walking disability. It is ...

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