August 20, 2012

The Menopause and Weight Gain

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.

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