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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