Women, Weight & Menopause

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The Athlete's Kitchen
Nancy Clark, MS, RD Copyright April 2005

“No matter what I do, I can’t seem to stop gaining weight...” Frustrated with her expanding waist, this former athlete, like others who are approaching menopause, is frightened about run-away weight gain. She started dieting and exercising harder to counter the flab and, over the din of the exercycle, asked, “Are women doomed to gain weight mid-life?”


Here are the answers to some questions middle-aged women (and their husbands, children and family members) commonly ask about weight and menopause.

Question: Do women inevitably gain fat with menopause?
No! Women do not always gain weight with menopause. Yes, women commonly get fatter and thicker around the middle as the fat settles in and around the abdominal area. But the changes are due more to lack of exercise and a surplus of calories than to a reduction of hormones. [.....]

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date: May 3, 2005

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Nancy Clark

Nancy Clark, MS, RD, an internationally known sports nutritionist and nutrition author, is a registered dietitian (RD) who specializes in nutrition for exercise, health and the nutritional management of eating disorders.

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Nancy Clark, MS, RD, an internationally known sports nutritionist and nutrition author, is a registered dietitian (RD) who specializes in nutrition for exercise, health and the nutritional management of eating disorders.

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