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  • Menopause not associated with an increase in weight gain; 4.6 lbs gain in three years

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    Tuesday, October 26, 2004 6:22 am Email this article
    Menopause is not associated with an increase in weight gain or an increase in waist circumference according to new study from researchers at Kaiser Permanente. Women gain an average of 4.6 lbs in three years

    The average weight gain during 3 years of follow-up was 4.6 pounds with an increase in waist circumference of 0.87 inches.

    This was the same whether a woman was menopausal or not.

    Exercise associated with 0.7 lbs weight loss

    On an exercise scale of 1 to 5, an increase of one unit was associated with a weight loss of 0.7 pounds, but no decrease in waist circumference.

    Biking, walking, less television viewing associated with small decrease in weight

    Biking and walking and less television viewing were also associated with a small decrease in weight.


    Sternfeld B, Wang H, Quesenberry CJ, Abrams B, Everson-Rose SA, Greendale G, Matthews K, Torrens J, Sowers M. Physical activity and changes in weight and waist circumference in midlife women: findings from the study of women’s health across the nation. Am J Epidemiol. 2004 Nov 1, 160(9):912-22.


    B. Sternfeld
    Division of Research
    Kaiser Permanente
    Oakland, CA

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