Sarcopenic obesity is the mix of two different terms. Sarcopenia is the process of muscle wastage and of course obesity is excessive body fat levels. Sacropenic obesity is when you're gaining fat and losing muscle, which traditionally occurs because of malnourishment.
This is seen in a lot in people that are recovering in hospital. Patients do not move they are bedridden and their muscles start to waste. Body fat starts to accumulate because they are still eating food.
Out side of the hospital setting it is seen in the aging population, again, for the same reason. They might have a fall and be less mobile, less able to move around, so they start losing lean muscle. In addition to this it is also, it's just a natural process that happens with age. We lose muscle, if we don't use it.
In other circumstances it could been seen in younger people due to medical conditions and inactivity.
So, some types of medications change the metabolic processes in our body. Namely some high-strength depression medication. Consult with your doctor to talk about medication side effects if you think this may be a concern.
Sarcopenic obesity is now seen in younger popuation groups due to working long hours in an office job, sitting around watching a lot of TV and not exercising.
How do you prevent this from happening?
- Start exercising regualrly at least 3-4 x per week
- Eat a balanced nutritious diet
- Check with your doctor about different medication options OR beware of side effects
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