The Menopause and Weight Gain
Women may experience slight weight gain after menopause.This is due in part to the slowing of the metabolism, but mostly it is just a by-product of the ageing process and a decrease in physical activity. More pronounced, however, is the change in fat distribution: before the menopause, fat is distributed around the buttocks and thighs, as well as the shoulders and breasts; after menopause, fat is deposited around stomach, on the breasts and about the abdomen. This occurs as a result of reduced levels of estrogen in the body.
Condensed from: Diet and Weight Control (1997). The Reader’s Digest Association Limited, pp. 19.