Obesity affects health of older women

DURHAM, N.C. Researchers blame obesity and arthritis for nearly half of those disabilities.

Results were presented Saturday at the /*American Geriatrics Society*/'s annual meeting in Chicago.

About 5,888 men and women older than 65 were enrolled in the /*Cardiovascular Health Study*/ at /*Duke University Medical Center*/ in Durham, North Carolina.

A researcher said the study suggested the tendency to put on extra weight with child-bearing, and around menopause, means a loss of independence for women as they grow older.

Researchers say the study suggests women should be encouraged to make better decisions earlier in their lives.

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