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How to help an overweight elderly woman?

My 74 year old mother has gained a lot of weight and I know this isn't healthy. Her doctor even mentioned this to me. How do I help her lose the weight since she can't do much exercise at her age. She eats to help her feel better about her medical conditions.

1 Answer

I assume her physician has already done a workup for medical causes of weight gain. If so, an evaluation with a geriatric psychiatrist may be helpful in determining if there is an undiagnosed mental health issue that may be treated and which may assist with weight management. The treatment will depend on the underlying issues discovered through the evaluation process.