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Obesity and Overweight


When combined with common aging-related challenges, obesity, which is now recognized as a chronic condition, can create complex clinical situations without easy solutions. The GSA KAER Toolkit for the Management of Obesity in Older Adults and numerous other resources address this complex condition.


  • The Gerontological Society of America Toolkit for the Management of Obesity in Older Adults

    The Gerontological Society of America KAER Toolkit for the Management of Obesity in Older Adults is intended to support primary care teams who seek to implement a comprehensive approach to help older adults with overweight and obesity recognize and care for their condition.

    It includes practical approaches, educational resources, and validated clinical tools that teams can integrate into their workflows. 

    Click here to view a scrollable version of this publication.

    To learn about the recent KAER Toolkit updates, click here.

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  • An Obesity Bill of Rights: Promoting Person-Centered Quality Obesity Care

    The National Consumers League and National Council on Aging worked with health leaders and obesity specialists to establish a set of rights so people with obesity will be screened, diagnosed, counseled and effectively treated for their overweight and obesity based on medical treatment guidelines. During the Momentum Discussion Podcast episode, leaders from these two organizations discuss the impetus for and development of the Obesity Bill of Rights and discuss each of the eight rights included in it. They share what is next for their organizations around the Bill of Rights and share how others can join the movement to help ensure person-centered quality obesity care for adults living with the chronic disease of obesity.

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  • Addressing Barriers to a Full Range of Evidence-Based Obesity Care for Older Adults

    In June 2023 the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) convened 15 multidisciplinary leaders in a roundtable discussion on Addressing Barriers to Accessing a Full Range of Evidence-Based Obesity Care Options by Older Adults. This poster, presented during the 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting, illustrates key findings from this roundtable discussion including seven strategies to address barriers to quality obesity care for older adults.

  • Physical Activity and Older Adults

    This Momentum Discussion podcast episode addresses the importance of physical activity for longevity and independence, challenges older adults may face when exercising and their solutions, and suggestions on how to get started with incorporating routine exercise into one’s life. 

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    This podcast episode is supported by Novo Nordisk.

  • Insights & Implications in Gerontology: The Chronic Disease of Obesity

    In this issue of Insights & Implications in Gerontology, current concepts are presented about the complex interplay among the stomach, liver, pancreas, brain, and metabolic processes of the body. Recognition of obesity as a chronic disease by medical organizations is discussed, and the need for integration of their guidelines into multifaceted and interdisciplinary care of the older adult is presented.

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  • The Chronic Disease of Obesity

    During this Momentum Discussion podcast episode, interprofessional experts examine obesity as a disease and discuss the need to intently treat individuals with obesity using guideline-based and standard-informed interprofessional and multifaceted plans of care. They share insights into the unique needs of older adults living with obesity, and they reflect on the heterogeneity of the older adult population and the importance of considering this heterogeneity when providing obesity care for older adults.

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  • Obesity in Older Adults: Succeeding in a Complex Clinical Situation

    Overweight. Obesity. Severe obesity. What do these terms mean, and how are people diagnosed with these conditions? What causes weight gain, and why it the situation worsening so quickly?

    People’s body sizes have increased greatly over the past four decades. In 2017 and 2018, among Americans aged 60 years or older, 42.2 percent of men and 43.3 percent of women had obesity. This GSA publication reviews the evaluation, consequences, and clinical management of obesity and overweight in older adults. 

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  • Obesity: Its Effect on Increasing the Risk for COVID-19 and Other Health Conditions

    Obesity in older adults impacts morbidity and mortality, quality of life and increases the risk of institutionalization. Weight loss interventions can effectively lead to improved physical function. Diet-alone interventions can detrimentally impact muscle and bone physiology and without interventions to affect these elements, can lead to adverse outcomes. Understanding social and nutritional issues facing older adults is essential. This session will address the physiological changes that put older adults at risk for obesity and the specific impact of obesity on chronic health conditions, including COVID-19. The panelists will also discuss the impact of stigma associated with obesity and the role of an interprofessional team in ensuring the safety of older persons with obesity. 

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  • GSA Momentum Discussions Podcast: Obesity and Its Disproportionate Impact on Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations

    The vexing problem of the increasing weight of Americans has grown to epidemic proportions in recent decades. As millions of people enter older adulthood, they bring with them added pounds and the challenges of excessive body fat. Now recognized as a chronic medical condition, obesity is associated with serious health problems that increase morbidity and mortality, stigmatization at work and in social settings, decreased physical function, lower health-related quality of life, and increased direct and indirect health care costs. When combined with common aging-related challenges, obesity can create complex clinical situations without easy solutions. In this episode, Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford (Obesity Medicine Physician Scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School) speaks with Dr. Tamara A. Baker (Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), addressing the issue of obesity and specifically how the prevalence of obesity is different in communities of color versus majority communities in the United States. Dr. Stanford reviews the different factors that contribute to the high burden of obesity in racial and ethnic minority populations, why there appears to be worsened outcomes in patients who have obesity and COVID-19, and strategies that can be utilized to address excess weight in communities with high prevalence of obesity, especially in older adults.  The interview closes out with a review of barriers to receiving treatment and an overview of legislation has been proposed to help address the epidemic of obesity in our communities. 

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    This podcast episode is supported by Novo Nordisk. Content was developed by Gerontological Society of America (GSA). 

  • GSA Momentum Discussions Podcast: Combating Bias to Promote Comprehensive Obesity Care for Older Adults

    People with obesity often experience bias due to their weight which can negatively impact their overall health and well-being. Older adults may have faced weight bias for many years, including from their healthcare providers, their families, and themselves. In addition to the weight bias being prevalent in healthcare, it also permeates places of employment, educational institutions, the media, and society overall. During this Momentum Discussion Podcast episode, Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford discusses weight bias and its negative consequences. She shares examples of how weight bias exists in healthcare and other areas and provides insights into how a person’s cultural identity impacts how they might experience weight bias. Finally, she offers solutions to this significant issue, including steps that healthcare professionals can take to eliminate weight bias and provide a comfortable environment of care for people with the chronic disease of obesity. 

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    This podcast episode is supported by Novo Nordisk. Content was developed by Gerontological Society of America (GSA).