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Weight Gain Women

Women may be especially vulnerable to weight gain during three key periods of their lives, at the beginning of their menstrual cycle, after pregnancy and after menopause. The prevalence of obesity in women has almost doubled in the last 20 years. Therefore, identifying key stages and causes of weight gain will be critical for developing prevention programs to stop or slow down this trend.

Weight Gain Menarche
Support for this notion comes from two studies, conducted by researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass. These studies suggest that early menarche operates mainly as an intermediate on the pathway to later obesity. Early menarche may also contribute independently to increase the risk of later obesity.

Weight Retention Pregnancy
Weight retention following pregnancy may be a factor in the obesity of young women, according to an overview of research, presented by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While most women experience a modest weight gain after pregnancy, obese women are at risk for substantial weight gain. In addition, the data indicates that African American women are at greater risk of weight gain than Caucasian women.

Weight Gain After Pregnancy
Weight gain after pregnancy may reflect changes in lifestyle behaviors rather than physiological changes associated with giving birth. Obesity prevention programs that focus on changes in diet and physical activity patterns offer promise for reducing weight retention after pregnancy.

Weight Gain Menopause
Weight gain during menopause may be significantly prevented by long-term changes in dietary intake and increased physical activity, according to findings of the Women's Healthy Lifestyle Project, a five-year, randomized clinical trial, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Weight change in the older woman may be more strongly associated with aging than with menopause. However, post-menopausal women have higher levels of body fat and central adiposity than other women the same age.

Source: Press Release: North American Association For The Study Of Obesity

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