BMI, life-style and psychological conditions in a sample of elderly Italian men and women

Fiorella Marcellini, C. Giuli, R. Papa, C. Gagliardi, M. Malavolta, E. Mocchegiani

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Abstract

Objectives: To identify the relationship among cognitive status, psychological conditions, anthropometric measurements and life-style in a sample of elderly Italian men and women. Methods: Three hundred and six volunteers for ZINCAGE Project recruited. The sample was made up of healthy older adults living in the Marche Region aged 65 and over. All elderly were given a complete medical, anthropometric assessment, and psycho-social evaluation. Results: Overall, the participants perceived themselves to be in very good or good (22%) or fair (69%) health; only 9% reported a poor health status. The 46% of the sample fell within the normal body mass index (BMI) range, though 38% were overweight, 12% were obese, and only 4% were underweight. In both sexes, BMI significantly decreased with age (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-522
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nutrition, Health and Aging
Volume14
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010

Keywords

  • ageing
  • anthropometric status
  • Lifestyle
  • ZINCAGE project

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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