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Module 7:Ā Obesity & the Older Person

Module Details

When an older person loses weight, they are more likely to lose muscle rather than fat, especially if they are not active and when the weight loss is unintentional. While severe obesity presents risks for anyone, there may be some benefits for older people when they are overweight. Learn how to identify when weight control may be warranted and when to refer to an Accredited Practising Dietitian for advice.

This module is presented as follows:
  • Five videos (41 minutes)
  • Downloadable resources
  • Obesity and the Older Person quiz

Cost: $35Ā 

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What you will learn

Topics covered in Module 7 include:
  • Introduction to obesity and the older person
  • Is a weight control program warranted?
  • Practical strategies
  • Additional strategies


Within this module, youā€™ll be able to access the following fact sheets, templates, examples and other resources:

  • My Quality Improvement Plan
  • Checklists
    • Sugar
    • Fat
  • Non Food Gift Ideas
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At the completion of this module, you should be familiar with:

Definitions of obesity and overweight.
Ideal Body Mass Index (BMI) in older people.
Common risks of obesity.
Obesity in older people.
Benefits of healthy additional weight in older people.
Identifying obesity issues and when weight management may be necessary.
Dietary strategies for weight management.
When to call on a dietitian.

Earn NPA Accreditation Certificates

When you have successfully completed the course you will be awarded with an accreditation certificate.

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