Is Losing Weight Dangerous? We Reveal the Facts
Sometimes, older adults worry about the risks involved in exercising. Falling is always a possibility, as is injuring knee ligaments. In spite of these very real concerns, researchers from the University of Florida and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the benefits of exercising still far outweigh the risks.
Medical professionals from these two institutions knew, from experience, that one of the deterrents for older, obese adults to lose weight is the fear of potential musculoskeletal injury.
They conducted a study to compare change in weight, improvements in metabolic risk factors, and reported musculoskeletal adverse events in middle-aged (50–59 years) and older (65–74 years) obese women.