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Diets of obese and non-obese older subjects

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ABSTRACT

Aim: To compare diets between obese and non-obese in healthy older subjects. Methods: Forty-five obese and eighty-seven non-obese older subjects were recruited and their habitual factors that may contribute to obesity were assessed. Intakes of food by food-group in the obesity and non-obesity groups were checked using a visual type presentation of model nutriational balance chart (MNBC). Results: Average intake ratio of food relative to ideal food intake was significantly higher in the obesity group than the non-obesity group. The relationship of obesity and exercise or habitual activities was not significant. Conclusion: Food intake is a primary factor of obesity but regular exercise or habitual activities is not a key factor for obesity in older subjects. Since exercise habit is difficult to achieve in older subjects, particularly those who are obese, food control using the present visualtype MNBC would be one strategy forthe management of obesity.

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Yaegashi, Y. , Satoh, A. , Kudoh, H. , Lee, S. , Kitamiy, C. , Butler, J. and Sasaki, H. (2013) Diets of obese and non-obese older subjects. Health, 5, 361-363. doi: 10.4236/health.2013.53048.

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