The Nexus Between Obesity, Health, and Social Care Needs for Elderly

Obesity is a worldwide problem and one of the biggest public health challenges today with increasing prevalence and incidence in both developed and developing countries. Obesity coupled with the challenges of ageing leads to an unfortunate burden of chronic diseases. The aim of this study is to explore the consequence of obesity among older adults and its association with health, wellbeing, and social care need. The primary objective is to critically analyse different studies carried out in the context of obesity in elderly and its association with health, wellbeing, and social care need to provide a conceptual model that can be tested in subsequent research. The study follows a mixed-methods design by using both quantitative and qualitative data to satisfy the objectives. The quantitative data is extensively analysed to answer some of the research questions from the English Longitudinal Study on Ageing (ELSA). Structural equation modelling (SEM) is used to deal with multiple dependent and independent variables, whether those are numerical or categorical in nature. Qualitative interviews are undertaken on a sample of 30-40 older adults (50+). The qualitative interview data is analysed thematically with the help of NVivo software. A research framework is drawn for the audience to visualise the relationships or links between concepts to shed light on the phenomenon of interest and it is supported by the theoretical background.

Obesity, Older adults, Morbidity, Health and wellbeing, Social care

Medical Perspectives on Aging, Health, Wellness

Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

  • Gargi Ghosh
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist in Nutrition, Specialist Practitioner, Clinical Lecturer and Lead Policy Developer , Human Nutrition, Barts Healthcare NHS Trust
    • I am a PhD Scholar in Public Health, studying at the University of West London. I am also working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Nutrition, Specialist Practioner, Clinical Lecturer & Lead policy developer for the Department of Human Nutrition at Barts Healthcare NHS Trust, London. I do research in Qualitative Social Research, Quantitative Social Research Research and Social Policy. My skills are in the following fields: Patient safety, obesity, human nutrition, artificial Nutrition, public health, epidemiology, metabolism, nutritional and metabolic disorders/ diseases, nutritional¬†education, nutritional assessment, insulin resistance.¬†