Falls and Obesity in the Fattest Nation in South East Asia

21 June 2018

Summary of talk
Malaysia is officially the fattest nation in South East Asia with 18% of  the adult population fulfilling the WHO criteria for obesity and 30% being overweight. However, the risk of diabetes in Asian populations is much higher and has increased astronomically with the rates of obesity, affecting nearly 40% of those aged 60 years and over.

The Malaysian Elders Longitudinal Research (MELoR) evaluated risk of falls and physical performance in a representative cohort of 1500 individuals aged 55 years and over. Cross-sectional analysis of first wave data found that increased BMI was associated with increased risk of at least one fall in the past 12 months. This was conflicting with previous published studies, and also with the current prevalent view of the obesity paradox. Exploratory statistics suggests that the greater BMI among fallers was mediated by reduced lean body mass, sarcopaenic obesity and inflammation. Our findings suggest potential cultural variation in the relationship between falls and obesity and suggests that further longitudinal research should be conducted, and has major implications on current perceptions on obesity interventions in older adults.

About the speaker
Maw Pin Tan is currently a professor of geriatric medicine at the University of Malaya Medical Centre. She graduated from Nottingham University, United Kingdom, and completed her basic medical training at Nottingham before moving up north to Newcastle upon Tyne to pursue higher specialist training in Geriatric Medicine. There she also completed her doctoral research on falls and syncope in older persons. Professor Tan joined the University of Malaya 7 years ago, and helped set up the Ageing and Age-Associated Disorders Research group, and was the principal investigator of the Malaysian Falls Assessment and Intervention Trial (MyFAIT) and a co-PI of the Malaysian Elders Longitudinal Research (MELoR). 

This academic research seminar is proudly brought to you by the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders in the Charles Perkins Centre.


Event details

  • When: 11.00am - 12.00pm
  • Where: Level 6 Seminar Room, Charles Perkins Centre - D17, Johns Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Road), The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006
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  • Cost: Free
  • RSVP: Please RSVP online via the registration table below
  • Contact: Mackenzie Fong mackenzie.fong@sydney.edu.au 


Falls and Obesity in the Fattest Nation in South East Asia

Where Level 6 Seminar Room, Charles Perkins Centre - D17, Johns Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Road), The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006
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When

21 June 2018


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