Watching our weight is often a thankless task and involves a lifetime of self discipline.
However, we often think that weight watching is for the young folks (and young at heart), but that older folks have somehow moved past this stage and should now be concerned with other more important matters related to their clinical health and well being.
This is a big mistake and a fallacy.
The fact of the matter is that elderly people and seniors need to be equally concerned about maintaining proper health through managing their weight.
Obesity and the problems associated with it, are not exclusive to young people at all.
Maintaining a vibrant and healthy lifestyle is important for everyone.
In fact, older adults typically need to be even more vigilant because they often store more body fat than younger adults.
So what is an ideal rubric for body weight?
People talk about BMI, which stands for Body mass index (BMI)
BMI is one of the most popular ways to calculate an ideal weight range. Getting your current BMI is as easy as plugging your height and weight into a calculator. A result between 18.5 and 24.9 means you’re in the “normal” weight range for your height. If your result is under 18.5, you’re considered underweight. Between 25 and 29.9 means you’re considered overweight. And if your number is 30 to 35 or more, you’re considered obese.
However, it is important to note that this isn’t an exact science because their are disparities between age, gender and lifestyle which impact the proffered numbers.
For example, women generally have higher body fat than men. Athletes may have dense muscle that contributes to a higher weight. In all these examples, the BMI number may not be the best indicator of whether a person is at their ideal weight.
Park Crescent Healthcare Health Focus
At Park Crescent in East Orange, NJ, we place special emphasis on providing patient therapy, not just with an eye on helping them to achieve optimal and prior level of functioning, but also to remain vibrant and healthy.
It is why we are a preferred therapy provider to many of the local hospitals in the surrounding area, including;
East Orange General Hospital
300 Central Ave
East Orange NJ 07018
Distance: 0 miles
Va New Jersey Health Care System
385 Tremont Avenue
East Orange NJ 07018
Distance: 1 mile
Umdnj University Hospital
150 Bergen St
Newark NJ 07103
Distance: 2 miles
Clara Maass Medical Center
One Clara Maas Drive
Belleville NJ 07109