The Obesity Paradox

OVERVIEW: Obesity is considered a  major risk factor type 2 diabetes, lipid disorders, hypertension, coronary heart disease and certain cancers. During the past decade, evidence has emerged  that elderly patients with several chronic diseases and elevated BMI may demonstrate lower all-cause and cardiovascular mortality compared with patients of normal weight. This session will review those findings and provide guidance to health care professionals that work with obese older adults.


  • Discuss the conventional wisdom regarding the health risks of obesity
  • Understand the obesity paradox
  • Discuss how the obesity paradox can affect patient care

CPE Level: II
Learning Needs Codes:  3030, 4040, 4190, 5040, 5100, 5370

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