Support Provided by Caregivers for Community-Dwelling Obesity Individuals: Focus on Elderly and Hispanics

dc.creatorBasu, Tanisha (TTUHSC)
dc.creatorSehar, Ujala (TTUHSC)
dc.creatorSelman, Ashley (TTUHSC)
dc.creatorReddy, Arubala P. (TTU)
dc.creatorReddy, P. Hemachandra (TTUHSC)
dc.description© 2023 by the authors. cc-by
dc.description.abstractObesity is a chronic disease marked by the buildup of extra adipose tissue and a higher chance of developing concomitant illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and some malignancies. Over the past few decades, there has been a global increase in the prevalence of obesity, which now affects around one-third of the world’s population. According to recent studies, a variety of factors, including genetics and biology as well as environmental, physiological, and psychosocial factors, may have a role in the development of obesity. The prevalence of obesity is often higher among Hispanic American groups than among White people in the U.S. Obesity is a widespread condition with a high risk of morbidity and death, and it is well-recognized that the prevalence of comorbidities rises with rising levels of obesity or body mass index. To combat the rising prevalence of obesity in the USA, especially among Hispanics, one of the fastest-growing racial/ethnic groups in the country, there is an urgent need for obesity therapies. The exact cause of this disparity is unclear, but some responsible factors are a lack of education, high unemployment rates, high levels of food insecurity, an unhealthy diet, inadequate access to physical activity resources, a lack of health insurance, and constricted access to culturally adequate healthcare. Additionally, managing obesity and giving needed/timely support to obese people is a difficult responsibility for medical professionals and their loved ones. The need for caregivers is increasing with the increased number of individuals with obesity, particularly Hispanics. Our article summarizes the status of obesity, focusing on Hispanic populations, and we also highlight specific factors that contribute to obesity, including genetics, epigenetics, biological, physiological, and psychosocial factors, medication and disease, environment, and socio-demographics. This article also reviews caregiver duties and challenges associated with caring for people with obesity.
dc.identifier.citationBasu, T., Sehar, U., Selman, A., Reddy, A.P., & Reddy, P.H.. 2023. Support Provided by Caregivers for Community-Dwelling Obesity Individuals: Focus on Elderly and Hispanics. Healthcare (Switzerland), 11(10).
dc.subjectnon-Hispanic Caucasians
dc.titleSupport Provided by Caregivers for Community-Dwelling Obesity Individuals: Focus on Elderly and Hispanics


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