Health Consequences of Sarcopenic Obesity: A Narrative Review

Eun Roh, Kyung Mook Choi

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

    165 Citations (Scopus)


    Sarcopenia is defined as the age-related loss of muscle mass and strength or physical performance. Increased amounts of adipose tissue often accompany sarcopenia, a condition referred to as sarcopenic obesity. The prevalence of sarcopenic obesity among adults is rapidly increasing worldwide. However, the lack of a universal definition of sarcopenia limits comparisons between studies. Sarcopenia and obesity have similar pathophysiologic factors, including lifestyle behaviors, hormones, and immunological factors, all of which may synergistically affect the risk of developing a series of adverse health issues. Increasing evidence has shown that sarcopenic obesity is associated with accelerated functional decline and increased risks of cardiometabolic diseases and mortality. Therefore, the identification of sarcopenic obesity may be critical for clinicians in aging societies. In this review, we discuss the effect of sarcopenic obesity on multiple health outcomes and its role as a predictor of these outcomes based on the components of sarcopenia, including muscle mass, muscle strength, and physical performance.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number332
    JournalFrontiers in Endocrinology
    Publication statusPublished - 2020 May 21

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    KC was funded by the Korea University Research Fund (B1901301, A920197507). ER was funded by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (2018R1D1A1B07050991) and by the Korea University Guro Hospital Grant (O1903891).

    Publisher Copyright:
    © Copyright © 2020 Roh and Choi.


    • aging
    • lean body mass
    • morbidity
    • muscle strength
    • obesity
    • sarcopenia

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


    Dive into the research topics of 'Health Consequences of Sarcopenic Obesity: A Narrative Review'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this