volume 66, issue 4, P760-773 1997
DOI: 10.1093/ajcn/66.4.760
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Abstract: Despite the increase in body fat and obesity that occurs with aging, there is a linear decrease in food intake over the life span. This conundrum is explained by decreased physical activity and altered metabolism with aging. Thus, older persons fail to adequately regulate food intake and develop a physiologic anorexia of aging. This physiologic anorexia depends not only on decreased hedonic qualities of feeding with aging (an area that remains controversial) but also on altered hormonal and neurotransmitter re…

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